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A Dhudi is a small, two-headed hourglass-shaped wooden drum played by Kodava men. Dhudi – Since time immemorial, Kodavas have used this drum while singing ancient ballads like various Baalopaat, Polchipaat, Battépaat etc . In the olden days, the hollow shell (Paani) was made up of wood , the drum head was made up of skin from the hunted Monkeys (Kóda) and Langurs (Muchcha) . It is believed, skin of Black Footed Grey Langur (Kaalé Muchcha) was preferred over other monkey skin by our Kodava tribal ancestors, sometimes one side of the drum head used to be made up of skin from Monitor Lizard (Udumb) . The tightening string/rope was made up of a wild fibre called “Booné Naar” . In the picture you might see couple of Dhudis’ center part having a piece of wood , it is called “Murk” , which is held tightly (So ,the string gets pressed) by singers whenever they need louder sound. In the ancient times, this “Murk” was made up of an Indian Gaur Bison’s horn (Kaati Komb) . The curved tiny stick to beat the drums was made up of Cane (Pa-thoora) . In the later years , instead of wood Dhudi (Mara Dhudi) copper alloy Dhudis (Chemb Dhudi, Kachchi Dhudi ) came to be used widely


A Kodava folk singer will hold a Dhudi in one hand and strike it on one of its two heads with a small, curved stick. It is played in rhythm to the Kodava folk songs called the Dhudikottpaat.


  • Chemb Dhudi ,
  • Kachchi Dhudi
  • Mara Dhudi

Materials made of

  • Wood
  • Bronze
  • Copper

Tentative Period of Usage

              Since evolvement

Tentative reason for extinct

              Not extinct. its still in use 

Physically located at

  1. Many Houses 
  2. Almost all Ainmanes
  3. Collections at
    1. M/s Papera Restaurant

Video on Dhudi making


  • Pudhiyathanda Ravi Changappa , Mutlu village , Surlabbi Naad .


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