Daula Drummer, Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo

Drummers in the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

The daula (sometimes spelled davula or dawla) is one of the traditional drums of Sri Lanka still in use today. Though similar in shape to a yak bere, it is shorter in length, and uniquely played by using an open hand on one side and a stick on the other. Traditionally, like many other Sri Lankan drums, the daula was constructed of a variety of local wood; but with restrictions on deforestation, the daula is today usually fashioned from the wood of the kitul or coconut palm. Similarly, the drumheads were once made of the skin of wild animals such as the iguana or wild boar, but since conservation has made these materials difficult to obtain, modern daulas have drumheads of cowhide. For a broader description on traditional Sri Lankan drums and drum making, see my photo story, A Beat of the Ages, in the December 2016 issue of Serendib magazine.

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