Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Cymbals >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.142
Region: South Asia.
Description: [In Hindi: ताल taal or मंजिरा manjira ; in Assamese: তাল Tala ; in Bengali ; in Odia ଗିନି, Gini ; Malayalam: தாளம் Tāḷam ; in Tamil: தாளம் Tāḷam ; in Telugu: தாளம் Tāḷam ; The taal are a pair of clash cymbals. Then they are played, they produce a long delayed vibration. It is a part of Indian music and culture, used in various traditional customs e.g. Bihu music, Harinaam etc. It is a type of Ghana vadya.
Etymology: The word “taal” has its roots in Sanskrit “Tālà” whose literal meaning is “clap”. As it does in its Dravidian cognate “tāḷam” means rhythm.
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