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Tabla – another extremely famous instrument integral to the Indian musicscape is basically a pair of small drums played with both hands. Originally associated with courtesan dance traditions, tabla now are used in a variety of genres and styles of Hindustani music.
The daya (dahina or dayan, meaning “right) is a single-headed drum usually of wood and having the profile of two truncated cones bulging at the centre, the lower portion shorter. Skin tension is maintained by thong lacings and wooden dowels that are tapped with a hammer in retuning.
The baya (bahina or bayan, meaning “left”), played with the left hand, is a deep kettledrum ,usually made of copper but may also be made of clay or wood, with a hoop and thong lacings to maintain skin tension.