Curated by Aneesh Pradhan
Indian rhythm and percussive instruments have attracted musicians and music-lovers across cultures and continents. Indian drums are heard and seen in virtually every situation—in traditional music, cross-cultural music projects, or even on Hollywood soundtracks. Some are seen and heard in more than one context, depending upon the skill of the drummers and the ability of the drums to lend themselves to different situations. Many drums are employed in folk and religious music genres, while others are used in art music and even extend themselves to other musical forms. In the present world of digital technology, drums are used in musical experiments that are far removed from tradition, and are often played by self-trained drummers.