Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Metallophones > Cymbals >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.142
Region: South Asia.
Description: The bartal [in Assamese: বৰতাল bhortal] pair of large, heavy metal cymbals [36 cm in diameter] and its weight can weigh in range of 1.5 kg −2 kg of Assam, India. Each has a large boss, and when clashed their deep resonant tone resounds for more than 15 seconds. The bartāl is used in bargīt [devotional singing and dancing] and also as an accompaniment to various acrobatic dances.
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