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Daira is an ancient Georgian percussion instrument that represents a wooden arch with stretched leather that has some thin rattles inside. Rich families and good players decorated some Dairas with different kinds of ornaments. Daira was widely used at weddings, holidays and in merriments.

It is widely spread in the regions of Samegrelo and Racha (western part of Georgia), in the lowlands of eastern Georgia and mountain regions (in Tusheti). There is no big difference between the types of Daira in various regions. Dance melodies were performed on Daira as well. Women play the instrument as usual. More than one Daira is not used during performance. Daira was often combined with multipipe wind instrument Soinari in the region of Samegrelo. But mostly it was accompanied with Duduki.

Percussion instrument - Daira
Percussion instrument - Daira
Percussion instrument - Daira
Percussion instrument - Daira

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