Music from India
Monpa dah drum solo
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The balcony of the main prayer hall (Dhukhang), second floor of Tawang monastery, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.
unidentified (dah (rnga) drum)
Solo performance of the huge dah (rnga) drum performed by monks from the second floor of the gompa (monastery) in Tawang. The function of the ‘performance’ is to call the monks for the prayer service in the monastery main hall (dhukhang). On the day of the recording, the Tantric Gang-Su ritual is conducted, which should protect the gods/goddesses, the monks, and the monastery. In Tawang this ritual is performed twice a month (on the 10th and 29th of the Tibetan month) and lasts between one and three days. The young monk belongs to the Monpa tribe.