Ghumot to be Goa’s heritage instrument

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  1. Goa, Art and Culture Minister has said that Ghumot will be notified as the state’s heritage instrument.
  2. Ghumot is Goa’s indigenous earthen percussion instrument.  It is widely used in folk songs, Mando music (a musical form in Goa which has elements of both Indian and western culture), religious and temple music in Goa.
  3. The instrument was banned due to the use of the skin of monitor lizard for the drum membrane. The monitor lizard is protected reptile species listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. However, at present, ghumot makers have started using goat skin instead of skin of monitor lizard.