Name: Taal
Type: Idiophones > Concussion > Cymbals >
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Country: India
Region: South Asia

Description: The taal, manjira [also spelled manjīrā or manjeera, jalra, karatala, kartal or gini] is a pair of clash cymbals. The taal originates in the Indian subcontinent, which make high-pitched percussion sounds. In its simplest form, it consists of a pair of small hand cymbals. The word taal comes from the Sanskrit word Tālà, which literally means “a clap”. 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.

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