Nepal

UNESCO International Folk Music Film Festival, Nepal

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London, Monday 14th November 2011

Fusion music

Fusion music that combines two or more styles. The main characteristics of fusion genres are variations in tempo, rhythm, dynamics, style and tempo. 'Fusion' used alone often refers to jazz fusion, especially with world music.

Fusion music as a genre has broadened the definitions of jazz, rock, and pop music.

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.

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Dholak

Dholak

The dholak (Punjabi: ਢੋਲਕ; Devnagari: ढोलक) is a North Indian, Pakistani and Nepalese double-headed hand drum.

Though the dholak is mainly a folk instrument, lacking the exact tuning necessity and playing techniques of the tabla or pakhawaj, it is widely used in qawwali, kirtan and bhangra and various styles of North Indian folk, at weddings and festivals, and in film music. It was formerly used in classical dances.

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