Type: Idiophones > Metallophones > Cymbals.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 111.141
Country: Assam, India.
Region: South Asia.
Description: Bortaal [in Assamese: বৰতাল] is the big size clash cymbal, Its weight approx. 1½−2 kg. The player who plays Bortaal is called in Assam as Gayan. Bortaal is a symbol of Assamese traditional culture. Sometimes, the players perform dance-music with both e.g. in Gayan-Bayan, Bortaal Nritya etc. Sometimes the player perform with only music e.g. in Harinaam, Dihanaam etc. The rhythmic high-pitched sound of the Bortaal makes the surroundings pure and sacred.