An ordinary pot of burnt clay is placed on the lap of the squatting player or on the ground, one hand striking the body and the other the mouth of the vessel. The Gagri or Gagra is sometimes seen in North India. It is used exactly like the Noot or Matki, but is made of brass or copper. Often metal rings are worn on the fingers and the thumb for effective sounding. In the category of pots being used as instruments of percussion, the South Indian Ghatam has become a highly sophisticated instrument, raised to a concert status. The clay chosen for making the pitcher is of a special type and the instrument itself has to be carefully shaped and fired in the kiln. Besides its superior quality as compared to the Noot, the mode of playing is also very different. The Ghatam player sits cross-legged on the floor, with the mouth of the pot pressed onto his uncovered belly. The body of the instrument is struck at various places with fingers and palms, but never on its mouth. The player also presses the mouth of the Ghatam onto his abdomen to various degrees, producing fine tonal differences. In the hands of an accomplished musician this innocuous pot can become a beautiful rhythmic accompaniment.
Thus discussed is the instrument of the pot, occasionally used as accompaniment in the performance of Indian music, particularly tribal and folk music.