Loh Tarang

Name: Loh Tarang.
Type: Pitched > Metallophones > Idiophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.222
Country: India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The Loh Tarang is a pitched or tuned percussion instrument that is classified under the pitched metallophones as such it is an idiophone. It falls with in the idiophone category of musical instruments. The Loh Tarang consists of a set of iron circular plates of different diameters that are held in a frame. Each plaque or plate is pitched to a note and they are struck with sticks on each hand. ‘Tarang’ literally means waves.

Throughout India, folk instruments are popularly used in spiritual and devotional songs. These instruments are also used in traditional dance forms, village ceremonies and street theatre. Loh Tarang and other Indian ‘folk’ instruments are not easily available in musical instrument stores. They are usually made in shops by custom order.

Playing Techniques: Plates sound depends on the different size of plate and hand movement. The sound occurs when it is struck with a pair of beaters the musician holds in both hands.

Citations: Bibliography: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music [1999] South Asia : The Indian Subcontinent. Routledge – ISBN 978-0-8240-4946-1 ;

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