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Edakka, also spelt as Idakka, is one of the five instruments that represent the Panchavadyam of Kerala. It is an indispensable accompaniment for Kathakali and Mohiniyattam.

Edakka is an hour-glass shaped drum, and has a wooden body. A tape is attached to the middle of Edakka, and this tape produces variations in tones. It is hung over the left shoulder of the performer while performance. A stick is used to beat the right side of the drum.

Edakka takes after Damaru, which is part of folk traditions.

Updated on 12th November, 2014

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