The earliest known pot drums date from 12th century Mesopotamia. Later, pot drums were also mentioned in the Middle East region, where due to the emergence of the Islamic Empire, they spread throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe. In most cases, pot drums were played in pairs with small sticks or mallets. Smaller drums were used for music and dance accompaniment, while larger drums were used in military rituals. Both in the Middle East and in India, pot drums are called "nagara", which translates as "beat". In the 15th century, a wider distribution of nagaras also began in Europe. Egg-shaped drums with copper shells began to be made in Europe in the 16th century and became a major part of European ceremonial art performances in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, pot drums are widely used in orchestral music and are called timpani.

In the drum-making workshop, we can make a smaller pot drum together. Covering the clay pot with wet rawhide, the skin tightens as it dries, as a result of which the drum starts to sound. We also make 2 small sticks to play the drum. We will meet at the CENTRAL Youth Center tent.

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Chief organizer Annely Pantalon

Project manager Kaire Siiner