Type: Idiophones > Metallophones > Percussion > Stick.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.11
Region: South Asia.
Description: Chimta [in Punjabi: Gurmukhī ਚਿਮਟਾ, in Shahmukhī: چمٹا] literally means tongs. Over time it has evolved into a traditional instrument of South Asia by the permanent addition of small brass jingles. The chimta is often used in popular Punjabi folk songs, Bhangra music, often in combination with the Dhol and Bhangra dancers.
Playing Techniques: The player of the chimta is able to produce a chiming sound if he holds the joint of the instrument in one hand and strikes the two sides of the chimta together. The jingles are made of metal and thus it produces a metallic sound and helps to keep up the beat of the song.
Construction: The chimta consists of a long, flat piece of steel or iron that is pointed at both ends, and folded over in the middle. A metal ring is attached near the fold, and there are jingles or rings attached along the sides at regular intervals. Sometimes there are seven pairs of jingles.