About Log Drum:
Log Drum is a hollow percussion instrument. In spite of the name, it is not a true drum but an idiophone, usually carved or constructed from bamboo or wood into a box with one or more slits in the top.
Kham or Log drum is carved out of huge wood or tree trunks, and is an exotic example of creativity and craftsmanship of Wancho people. Varying in size as much as 12 meters in length and 3 metres in circumference, log drums are an integral part of Wancho life. The figure of a typical log drum comprises head, body and tail. Sometimes these are highly decorated with human and animal motifs.
How is it played:
After 3 days of arduous journey the traditional log drum (Kham), the largest musical instrument, finally reach home from jungle in Pongchou village, Longding district, Arunachal Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/r8REHKLnco— Gabriel D. WANGSU (@wangsu_d) January 12, 2022
In the past, log drums were pounded by a team of men using large wooden beating sticks- ‘Kham Thutkia’ during village emergencies like giving information about catastrophic fire, approaching of invaders or Tiger near the village or to announce Lauden festival or the death of a ‘Pa’ member, for signaling clarion calls for village meetings, and during celebrations or welcoming heroes returning from battle. On each different occasion it is played with a particular distinct rhythm and for a particular code message to be deciphered by the villagers.
Showcasing the tradition:
With the theme ‘East meets West’, Arunachal Pradesh proudly marched in the Republic day tableau parade 2021 where wancho’s wooden log drum ‘Kham’ and the Chakzam Bridge at Tawang were displayed.