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The Pakhawaj is a traditional percussion instrument from India that holds significant importance in classical and devotional music traditions, particularly in North Indian classical music (Hindustani classical music). It is a type of barrel-shaped drum, belonging to the category of membranophones.

The Pakhawaj is typically made from a single piece of wood, hollowed out to form a barrel-like shape. It has two heads, both made of animal skin, usually goat or buffalo skin. The larger head, known as the "baya," is played with the left hand and produces a deep, bass sound, while the smaller head, known as the "chat" or "tabla," is played with the right hand and produces a higher pitch.

The playing technique of the Pakhawaj involves a combination of hand strokes, finger techniques, and subtle pressure adjustments to produce a variety of tones and rhythmic patterns. Skilled Pakhawaj players are capable of creating intricate rhythmic compositions and improvisations, known as "layakari," that complement vocal and instrumental performances in classical music concerts.

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