A damaru or damru is a small two-headed pellet drum from India and Tibet, shaped like an hourglass.


The drum is typically made of wood, with leather drum head, or made out of human skulls.Its height ranges from a few inches to a little over a foot. It is played one handed.


The strikers are typically beads fastened to the ends of leather cords around the waist of the damaru. Knots in the leather can also be used as strikers. As the player waves the drum using a twisting wrist motion, the strikers beat on the drumhead. The damaru is used by itinerant musicians of all stripes due to its small size.