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Ghumot to be declared Goa's heritage musical instrument

IANS  |  Panaji 

Ghumot, an indigenous earthen drum which was once banned due to the use of monitor skin in its making, will soon be notified as a "heritage instrument of Goa", Art and told reporters here on Monday.

"We are going to declare as Goa's heritage musical instrument in a few days," he said.

Traditionally, ghumot, a percussion instrument played during 'aarties' (prayers), is fashioned as a designed clay pot, with the skin of the monitor (locally known as 'gaar') stretched taut across the pot's mouth, forming a drumhead.

Monitor lizards are classified as an endangered wildlife species listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 because of which the was banned by the

However, recently there has been a rise in interest in the musical instrument after its makers started replacing monitor skin with the skin of a she-goat.

A was presented as a gift from to Portuguese Anotnio Costa, who is of Goan origin, in 2017 by an official delegation from the former Portuguese colony.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 19:46 IST
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