Tag Archives: Taal

Taal

Majutaal

Name: Majutaal.
Type: Idiophones > Metallophones > Cymbals.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 111.141
Country: Assam, India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: Majutaal [Assamese: মাজুতাল] is medium size clash cymbal, Khutitaal or Harutaal [in Assamese: খুটিতাল বা সৰু তাল] is small size clash cymbal. It is also known name as Manjira. It is generally used in traditional, folk and classical music in India. It is also used in dance in Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi Manipuri Mohiniattam Andhra Natyam Kathakali.

This Instrument has some other names e.g. thaaleaj [Kashmir], taalam, tala, jalra etc. Ramtaal or Khoritaal [in Assamese: ৰামতাল বা খৰিতাল] are two wooden handled musical instruments, containing multiple pairs of small cymbals. It is generally known India as Khartal.
 

Bortaal

Name: Bortaal.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Metallophones > Cymbals > Taal.
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.

Citations: