The SwarShala Indian music software includes Daphli and over 80 other perfectly sampled virtual Indian instruments.

About Daphli:

Daphli, Tambourine in English, is a handheld drum with bells all around it called jingles. It is generally played with palm and fingers. It is classified among the directly struck membranophones category of musical instruments, meaning those directly played and struck by the performer. Daphli first originated in Iran and is also known as Daf in Persian.

This ancient instrument is famously used for classical music in Arab countries, Iran, India, and Pakistan. Moreover, it is also used in Uzbekistan, Albania, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and other countries across Asia.

Daphli is used in classical music and also in Sufi ceremonies. It is also used in Italian folk music, pop music, Greek and Turkish folk music, and both pop music. In India, Daphli is used at various local festivals like Lohri, Holi, etc., and on many religious occasions.

Daphli has a unique value of its own in Indian society. It has been widely used in India in classical or traditional music and the famous Bollywood Industry since the 20th century. In old times, the Daphli was used only in Iran, dating back to 224 A.D, but later this musical instrument became popular in Europe.

Mainly by appearance, it is a round-shaped 12-inch musical instrument that usually weighs 200g. It usually comes in a circular shape but is also available in various shapes. There are many color variations to easily have a Daphli of your favorite color.

In the past, Daphli was made of leather cased in wooden material with jingles (metal plates) on the outer sides and a transparent headpiece comprising fish or goatskin. But now, it has undergone modifications in the frame made of metal with jingles by the side to make it sound more loudly. The headpiece is also different now, having a translucent synthetic fabric instead of goatskin. There are two types of Daphli; one with the jingles by the side or without it. Both produce different musical sounds.

The Albanian bridesmaids have commonly used it at weddings to welcome the couple's new life with happiness. It is played on different occasions as a sign of happiness and prosperity. It is usually held in the left hand by the shoulder, and the right hand is allowed to strike in the center of the headpiece (the fabric). Hence, by the movement of the fingers and palm strike, a loud, sharp sound is produced. This musical instrument has a low frequency ranging from 146-290 Hz.

Daphli is a vital part of Indian folk and religious music, and it is a musical instrument that makes you twirl and dance to its beat whenever it is played. Moreover, it produces pleasant and happy beats that can make any occasion tremendous with its musical and soft sound.

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