Manjira, Percussion Instrument - Informative & researched article on Manjira, Percussion Instrument
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Music

 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Drama & Theatre|Indian Music|Indian Movies|Indian Television
Home > Movies & Entertainment > Indian Music > Indian Musical Instruments > Percussion Instruments > Manjira
Manjira, Percussion Instrument
Manjira is a traditional Indian percussion instrument. It is also known as manjeera, jalra, kartal or khartal.
 Manjira, Percussion InstrumentManjira is a conventional musical instrument from India. In its simple form it is a pair of small hand cymbals. It is also known as tala, manjeera, jalra, kartal or khartal. This instrument is often played with numerous religious ceremonies of India, especially bhajans. The manjira is a traditional instrument, whose pictures have been found in temples dating back to the ancient times.

This instrument is generally made of brass, bronze, copper zinc or bell metal and is connected with a copper cord which passes through holes in centre, and produces rhythmic tinkling sounds when struck together. The pitch of the sound varies according to the weight, size and material of the construction. While playing the instrument a player cam also look to adjust the timbre by varying the point of contact.

The Manjira also consists of wooden frame with two straight, long handles that connect to each other with two short wooden handles; the open space between the long handles has a wooden separator that separates two rows of three brass cymbal. There are also small cymbals fixed into wood blocks forming another type of instrument also known as khartal.

Gujarati Folk Music
Manjira has an important role in Gujarat folk music. To start with Manjira were played during the Aarti of Gods and Goddess. Manjira as a notable impact in the state of Gujarat and often played during Santvani, Bhajan and Dayro.

Inspite of the fact that it is a metal instrument which is quite small in size, the sound it emits is quite sweet. It produces great sound during Jugalbandhi with other instruments. However, this instrument is not easy to play, and requires a lot of practise and clear knowledge of Taal and Sur. Unlike other musical instruments like TablaMridanga, Shehnai, this instrument did not get the appraisal or recognition that it deserved. There are very few Manjira players in Gujarat, who perform and have expertise in it

(Last Updated on : 06/01/2012)
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
More Articles in Percussion Instruments  (37)
Drums  (2)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Music
Bargits are devotional songs of Assam which are written in archaic speech and were sung by Krishna and Gopis in the epic time.
Pt. Kumar Gandharva
Pt. Kumar Gandharva was an exponent in Hindusthani Classical songs enthrals the audience while singing. His contributions to Indian classical music are of an exceptionally radical, yet unsurpassable quality.
Vasundhara Komkali
Vasundhara Komkali was a well-known name in the arena of Indian Classical music arena. She has created a niche for herself in the hearts of millions by her unique style of singing. She died on July 28, 2015.
Been is a type of wind instrument that is played mainly by the snake charmers, and is popular in Indian sub-continent.
Forum on Indian Music
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Entertainment
Manjira, Percussion Instrument - Informative & researched article on Manjira, Percussion Instrument
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.