The Manjira is a traditional percussion instrument.In its simplest form, it is a pair of small hand cymbals. It is also known as manjeera, taal, jalra, khartal or kartal.
They often accompany folk or devotional music.It is used in various religious ceremonies of India,especially bhajans.The manjira is an ancient instrument. Pictures of it have been found in temples dating back to the earliest times.They produce a rhythmic tinkling sound when struck together.The sound's pitch varies according to their size, weight and the material of their construction.A player can also adjust the timbre by varying the point of contact while playing. Though Manjeera is a small metal Instrument,but it produces a sweet tinkling sound when struck together while doing Jugalbandhi with other Instruments. However, Manjeera playing is not an easy task, it requires a lot of Abhyasa (practice) and deep knowledge of Sur and Taal. Unlike other musical instruments such as Tabla,Mrudang, Shehnai this instrument did not get much recognition and appraisal from listeners.
Design: Made of shining brass with rings at the top to tie a thread. Brass is well known for its grasping capacity. It grasps the divine spirit upto 30%, when compared to other metals. The spiritual vibrations are attracted towards brass easily.
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