The drums are of various types and the technique of drumming among the tribals is fascinating. In Bastar there are big drums played by sticks. The Bhils use heavy Dhols and Mandals. There are small -sized drums.
The Durbari of the Bhils that is the Dumri of the Gonds is identical to the
Goga Dhol of Dandakaranya. The Mandri is a mini
Mandal. Like the narrow-waist Dhak of the Bhils, there is the Parang drum of the
Murias. The Ghera is an octagonal rim stretched with goat hide played by one padded stick.
The Dphala, the Chang, the Damahu, the Timki and the Tasa are different types of
membranophonic instruments. The drumming is an invitation or a call for
dancing.Of the aerophonic instruments, the Bans are peculiar of Madhya Pradesh. It is a long bamboo stem about four feet in length, used mostly by the
Rawats who were the cowherd community of Chhattisgarh.
The other instruments of the areophonic group are the Pawli of the
Bhils and the Algoza which is a pair of flutes. The professional musicians
Dewars use a crude type of Sarangi to recite legendary tales. This instrument is made of a coconut shell resonator and horse-hair strings. The Dhungru
is a plucked instrument having catgut
strings. The Sindhi or Sing is a horn-shaped instrument used all over
The Been or the Pungi is the snake-charmers instrument. The Morchang (jews
harp) and the Ghangli of the Bhils are favourite mini instruments of the rural boys. The
Ghangli is made of bamboo chip with a vibrating tongue.Chatkora (Chatkauaa), the
Thiski, the Thapi and the Zhanj are the auto phonics instrument. The
chordophonics instruments are the Tonkya of the Bhils and the Chikara or the Kingri.