Manjira

Manjira

The manjira (also manjeera, tala, jalra, khartàl or kartàl) is a traditional Indian percussion instrument. In its simplest form it is a pair of small hand cymbals. The manjira has a significant importance in Gujarati folk music: originally played in Aarti of Gods and Goddess, it is still used in various religious ceremonies of India, especially bhajans.

The instrument produces a sweet tinkling sound when struck together. However, manjira playing is no easy task, as it requires much practice and a deep knowledge of Sur and Taal.