Nepalese soldiers often march to the rhythm of the Taasaa, which, these days, is found in the District of Kapilvastu near to the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It is 25cm in diameter and is carried at waist level during playing. The skin of the drum is held taught with rope and is beaten with two small, thin, round sticks made of bamboo. These are held very loosely during play. Five parallel thread-like leather thongs are stretched over the center of the surface of the drum hide.