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Duggi (drum)

Duggi drums

The duggi, dugi or dukkar, is an Indian drum, with a kettle drum shape, played with fingers and palm of the hand. It is used in baul music of the Bengal/Bangladesh region. It is also employed in folk music of Uttar Pradesh (duggi) and Punjab (dukkar).

In shehnai ensembles, a duggi player provided rhythm accompaniment, but nowadays, a tabla player has the role. The duggi part in those ensembles consists of two drums, like a tabla and bayan, but smaller in size. The duggi has neither the resounding quality of the tabla nor the peculiarity that the tabla has of sustaining the frequencies of a note.

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