kendhang alit/batangan

The kendhang alit/batangan of the gamelan pélog K.K. Kancilbelik.

A medium-sized membranophone with two hoop-mounted hide heads attached to a wooden shell by laces running back-and-forth the length of the instrument. Sliding rings surrounding pairs of these laces allow the performer to adjust the tension and pitch of the drumheads. The shell is shaped like a truncated cone, but with a slight bulge near the wider end of the drum. Rests horizontally on a stand and is sounded with the performer’s hands. The kendhang alit of a palace gamelan is typically an integral unit of the set and is carved and painted to match the other instruments.