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drum circle "Pat wain"
appears as a part of the "zat
pwe" shows, where theatre versions of the
(book of songs) get performed with interesting duets and
antiphones between singers and the drum circle.
center of each Burmese ensemble, giving name to the idea of instruments
hung up in a circle "hsain
wain", is the "pat
wain" drum circle. The
traditional instrument knows 19, today (after 1920) 21 tuned drums with
a height from 13 to 41 cm, hung
down from a circeling wooden rack or stand with the player in the
On of the most fascinating aspects of Asian music is the early idea of
the melodical use of percussive instruments, like with the gong
ensembles and the xylophones spread all over South East Asia.
Instruments like the one shown on the left can also be found on temple
reliefs in India and actually in use in the Thai "Piphat Mon" ensemble,
where a smaller model with seven drums is common.
The drums get tuned by filling in "pa
sa", a paste of rice and ashes.
The more "pa sa"
is isnerted, the lower sounds the drum.
The "pat wain"
player is known as "hsain
hsaya", which means he is the
"master of hsain" and thus the main leader and director of the complete
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