Mirdang (mrdanga, mrdunga, mridunga) is essentially a north Indian version of the Mridangam. The Mirdang is an Ancient Indian barrel shaped percussion instrument. Traditionally, the Mirdang is favorite percussion instrument for north India.
The instrument is either played while sitting, or hung by a cloth strap (called nadai) from the shoulder of the player. The right head is played with the right hand, wrist and fingers. The player usually wears thumb caps on all the fingers of the right hand, made of hardened glue from maida flour.
PAKHAWAJ DRUM - BOLT TUNED. To Play Pakhawaj Set horizontally on a cushion in front of a crossed-leg pakhavaji the larger bass-skin is played with the left hand, the treble skin by the right hand. The goatskin membranes are looped with leather thongs around the hollowed barrel, which is widest in the middle.