Traditional drums of Sri Lanka

Drums have been part of everyday life in Sri Lanka for more than 2,500 years. It is believed that there are about 30 traditional drums. But only some 10 of them are used today. They are Geta Bera (Bera drum), Yak Bera, Davula, Thammattama, Udakkiya, Dakkiya, Bummadiya, Hand Rabana, Bench Rabana and Dandu Beraya.

Sri Lankan drummer
Sri Lankan drummer

Drums are used in religious ceremonies and local festivals. In the past some drums, like for example Thammattama, were used as one of local means of communication. The smallest of all Sri Lankan drums is called Udakkiya. Bench Rabana is the biggest of all drums. It is played by two or more persons. In most cases it is played by women.