Type: Gong > Percussion > Metallophones > Idiophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.241
Region: South Asia.
Description: The chengila or cennala is an Indian gong which helps the traditional singer or dancer keep time. The chengila is a percussion instrument that maintains a steady beat and provides musical background. In Kerala, a state in South West India, the chengila is used in many different art forms Including Chemmanakali, Kathakali, and Krishnanattan.
Playing Techniques: The thick bell metal disc, which hangs by a strap looped around one wrist, is struck by a short wand held in the other hand. A ringing sound is produced when the chengila is struck when hanging freely; a flat tone is produced when it is struck while held against the forearm
Citations: Bibliography: “Chengila”. Online Highways LLC ; Manu, Meera. “Rustic Rhapsody”. The New Indian Express ; “Kathalki Dance”. Keralahistory ;