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Name: Khartal.
Type: Idiophones > Concussion > Clappers > Plaques >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.13
Country: India.
Region: South Asia.


Description: The term khartal [in Hindi: खरताल kharataal ; ]  generally denotes a pair of wooden clappers; with or with out jingles.      Other wooden clappers include the catkulā of Madhya Pradesh, the kāṭhi of Orissa, the rāigiḍgiḍī of Rajasthan and the ḍaṇḍā of Bihar; the c̣imṭā of South Asia and the ṭokā of Assam are analogous, sprung clappers [tongs].

Etymology: The term Khartal generally denotes a pair of clappers. In Sanskrit works the khartal is described as [in Sanskrit; kamrā].

In Tamil Nadu kartāḷa denotes flat, round or oblong, wooden bats, with handles held between the fingers of one hand, which are struck together; these are called cekkai [Tamil] for the oblong type or cekkalu [Telugu] for the circular type with handles found in Andhra.

Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Oxfordmuseumonline.com / Khartal article by Alastair Dick ;