This Pakhawaj is a two-headed wooden shell drum featuring bolt tension and a convenient carrying handle. The nuts can be easily tuned with the included wrench. Held horizontally, the two opposing heads are bass and tenor. The small head is approximately 6" in diameter and the large head is 10 1/4". The overall length is approximately 24".
The Pakhavaj, also called Mardal, Pakhawaj, Pakuaj, Pakhvaj, Pakavaj or Mardala, is an Indian barrel-shaped, two-headed drum, the North Indian equivalent to the Southern mridangam. It is the standard percussion instrument in the dhrupad style and is widely used as an accompaniment for various forms of music and dance performances. The pakhavaj has a low, mellow tone, very rich in harmonics. Set horizontally on a cushion in front of the drummer's crossed leg, the larger bass-skin is played with the left hand, the treble skin by the right hand.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 17.5 lbs.