The origin of the Damru has been attributed to great antiquity and its significance in Indian mythology has been cemented upon by scholars. Damru is associated with Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology.It is said that Lord Shiva played Damru at the time of tandem-nritya. The Damru is also represented as an attribute of Shiva Natraja in ancient sculptures.
The shape of the Damru is like an hour-glass.Its length varies from six inches tom one foot. The body of the instrument is made of wooden hour-glass shaped shell with two skin-heads laced to the body by cotton rope or tarsier thread. A small ball of metal or cork is attached to a string which is bound round the narrow waist of the drum over the braces connecting the two heads.
The Damru is used for accompanying devotional and ritualistic folk music. Generally ,it is used by mendicants snake charmers, gypsies and jugglers.
Name & Address of Performing Folk Musician:- Ishwargar L.Goswami.
Add:- Dhingeshwar Tample, Near Kutch Museum, Bhuj-(Kutch).
Name & Address of Artisan who makes the Musical Instrument:- Rajaram M. Solanki,
Add:- (Tabala Repairer)Pareshwar Chowk, Bhuj-(Kutch).
Name:- Jitendra R. Solanki,
Add:- Bharat Vajintra Center, Nagar Chakla, Bhuj(Kutch).