The nagada, also known as nagara is a drum with a round back and a hide head, generally played in pairs. It is thereby, considered a membranophone of the variety -'kettle drum'. The terms naqqarah, naqqarat, nagoranakkare, naqqåre come from the Arabic origin verb 'naqr' which literally means “to strike, beat”.
'Naqqara' in India are pronounced as nagara or nagada. This instrument is paired with kettledrums, historically used in the naubat “Nine Things”, an ensemble of nine instruments.
Nagara can also be played with sticks. Today, the nagara is usually used to accompany the “Indian oboe” or Shehnai, an indispensable instrument of any Indian wedding. We, at Shiv Mohan Band have Nagada Players with the most exceptional talent for a promised breathtaking performance at your wedding.