A tabla is an Indian drum usually used to accompany classical music (and occasionally popular music as well), except when it is used in a jugalbandi.

A tabla, rather than being one drum, is actually composed of two separate pieces, both drums in their own right.

The first part is actually called the "tabla," and consists of a drum with diameter ~6-7". There are three distinct sections to the drum, arranged in concentric circles. Each of these produce sounds of different timbres when struck.

The second part is called the "duggi," and, unlike the "tabla," which is made of wood, is oftentimes made of metal. The "duggi" has a diameter of ~10 inches. Its membrane is also divided into three parts. However, the circles are not placed in the center of the drum, but rather displaced off to one side.

The tabla is played with the hands only. No sticks or other striking instruments are used. The "tabla" is struck with the right hand, while the "duggi" is struck by the left hand.

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