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Manjira is known by many names.  It is also called jhanj, tala, mondira, (small size) kafi (large size), or a host of other names.  It is basically a set of small cymbals.  It is a ubiquitous component of dance music and bhajans.  It is a very ancient instrument; examples may be seen on temple walls going back to the earliest of times.  They are usually made of brass.


Music Which Uses Manjira


Dance Which Uses Manjira


Selected Video

Folk Music Instruments of Kashmir (Thaaleaj)




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