Titti (bagpipe)

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The titti (Telugu : titti, [1] masaka titti, or tutti) is a type of bagpipe played in Andhra Pradesh, India, made from an entire goat-skin. [2] The instrument is described as a goatskin with a double-reed inserted into one leg, and a bamboo blowpipe into the other. [3] The term tittii is used in Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. [4]



Several paintings possibly depicting bagpipes are shown in Kerala, from the early eighteenth century. [5]

Colonel James Tod (1782–1835 CE) notes that the Yanadis, a forest tribe in Madras, also play the bagpipes, [6] [7]


The instrument is often used to provide solely a constant drone. References note the instrument being used as a drone accompaniment by storytellers and singers, [8] [9] as well as for village dance-dramas. [10]

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  2. Subhash Kak (Louisiana State University). The Indian Epic Song Tradition . Presented at The 7th International Conference and Festival of Asian Music, Busan, Korea, Sept 26-Sept 30, 2002.
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