Our Khamak, Dark is almost 7 inches tall and has a diameter of 6.5 inches. It is
used for rhythmic accompaniment. This instrument has one head that is
resonated by plucking the string that is attached to it.
some 500 years back, the khamak originally had a single string but was
later modified and now contains two strings. The player holds the body
of the instrument under his left arm while his left hand pulls the small
brass drum, jerking it slightly, almost unnoticeably. This controls the
tension on the strings and sets the fundamental tone of the melody when
the strings are plucked....the performer plucks them briskly with the
plectrum held in his right hand. However, the fundamental tone produced
does not remain fixed and completely depends on the tension applied to
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