by David Courtney working tools


Kartal are a pair of wooden blocks or frames with small metal jingles mounted in them.  They are simply beaten together to provide a rhythmic support to bhajans, kirtan, folk and other light music.  The term kartal is also applied to wooden claves

In Manipur (Northeast India) the term "kartal" is used for a large set of manjira.  This is a very different instrument and should not be confused with the more common Kartal.


Selected Video

The Kartal


indian baba sings and plays a song in varanasi




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