Sambal (drum)

The sambal is a folk membranophone instrument from Western India.[1] It consists of two wooden drums united from a side, with skin heads stretched on their top mouths. One drum is higher in pitch than the other one. This instrument is played with two wooden sticks, one beater having a circular tip. The sambal is also a traditional drum of the Gondhali people. The sambal is a folk drum found among the Kokna people of Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Maharashtra, and Goa in Western India.

Sambal is a traditional instrument used by the peoples who are servants of goddess Mahalaxmi Devi and used in the gondhal pooja.


  1. South Asia : The Indian Subcontinent. (Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Volume 5). Routledge; Har/Com edition (November 1999). ISBN 978-0-8240-4946-1

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