The pambai or pamba is a pair of cylindrical drums used in temple festivals and folk music in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, India.
There is a community in southern Andhra who specialize in playing this instrument: the Pambalas. This unit of two drums is held near the waist of the player or put on the floor, and beaten with sticks, or with a hand and a stick.
This unit of two drums is held near the waist of the player and beaten with hand and a stick. In the simpler varieties, The pambai is played in the traditional ensemble naiyandi melam.
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