Parai (பறை) is one of the oldest drums used in India, especially in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is considered as one of the symbols of Tamil culture. In ancient days, this instrument was used as a communication mechanism to convey messages to people and alert against danger.

Parai was used to announce important messages and orders of the great Tamil Kings. Parai was also played at festivals, wedding, temples, worship of nature and gathering farmers for farming activities. Parai has been an instrumental part of the people’s life.

STAR (Seattle Tamil Arts of Rhythm) is a Seattle-based Tamil traditional performance arts troupe which was started in 2015. It is a Washington state registered nonprofit organization. STAR vision is to bring all the Tamil traditional performing arts to USA and to introduce to the next generations.