People popularly known as 'Ramjogis',
'Saayila Vallu', 'Buda Budakkala Vallu' are common in remote villages of
East Godavari, Guntur,
Prakasam and Nalgonda
districts. These people carry a small drum called Bud-Budaka. The "Bud-Budaka"
is the sound, which emanates from this drum. They move from village to
village and awake the people with a special prayer to goddess "Amba"
followed by an invocation to the village deities.
Significance Of An Instrument
The small drum is made of "sandra" wood covered on either side by deer or goat's skin, and a thick twined thread with iron beads fixed at the middle of the drum. As the drum is moved from left to right by hand these threads with beads strikes the two ends and produce different sounds.
They not only sing and beg for alms, they also foretell predictions that are considered beneficial to the villagers. They are seen in villages during the harvest festival of Sankranti. They are dressed in white dhoti, a white shirt with a black coat, a red coloured turban. While a prominent black mark adorns his forehead along with marks of sandal wood paste, large rings hang from his ears.