December Rabi` i – Rabi` ii
The tar, or frame drum, is made from animal skin stretched over a wooden frame, and it is played across the Islamic world. Women have played this instrument to accompany singing in celebration for centuries. In some areas, such as Iran, Pakistan and India, metal chains or small “jingle” bells are attached to the inside for more complex sounds and opportunities to display virtuosity. In the Arabian Peninsula, folk groups use tars in a range of sizes to produce different tones and to add depth to syncopated rhythms.
Gouache, watercolor, metallic gouache, gel pen and gold leaf on black printmaking paper by MARIUM RANA (mariumrana.com)