India has a wide range of percussion instruments. Most are types of drum and they need to be struck. Some ceremonial drums have drumsticks. For some drums, mainly the fingers are used. Tablas are very common in the North of India. Less common there, in recent times, is the Pakhawaj. It is a double-ended drum.
The Chhanda Dhara CD Two Generations features a santoor duet, accompanied by Shafaat Ahmed Khan on tabla. You can play a sample from here, which showcases the tabla playing. In the background is a simple melodic loop, played on santoor by Rahul Sharma.