The Madal (Nepali: मादल), is used mainly for rhythm-keeping in Nepalese folk music, is the most popular and widely used as hand drum in Nepal. The Madal consists of a cylindrical body with a slight bulge at its center and heads at both ends, one head larger than the other. It is usually played horizontally in a seated position, with both heads played simultaneously.
Madal is a National Instrument of Nepal. This typical Nepalese percussion instrument is the backbone of most of Nepali folk music.