A fun instrument to play, a basic knowledge of percussion instruments is recommended but not mandatory. The build and sound of the Urdu are decent and the looks you'll get from your audience are priceless. If you like owning strange and different instruments, get yourself an Urdu!
If you love percussion and are looking for some different sounds to add to your repertoire, this Terre Urdu drum is fantastic! It's difference being that it is made out of clay and the holes in it enable the sound to be manipulated in a variety of ways. (Watching youtube videos helped me to figure out how to play it properly). However, because it is made of clay, it is fragile - so be careful with it!