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Manjeera

Manjeera

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

About Manjeera:

Manjeera, also known as Manjira or Tala, is a pair of small hand-held cymbals that are used to accompany folk or religious music. In Sanskrit, the word Tala implies clapping. Manjeera got this alternate name because one of its uses is to clap two cymbals together to make a sound.

In general, the Manjeera is formed of various metals such as bronze, brass, bell metal, or copper-zinc, and it is connected to a copper cord holder through holes in the center. When hit together, the two sections of the instrument generate rhythmic tingling sounds. The sound pitch varies depending on the type of cymbal, especially in terms of size, weight, substance, and construction. Players can change instrument at times to adapt the timbre to the required pitch.

The Manjeera is commonly heard in India during religious gatherings and ceremonies, especially bhajans. You can also see it in images of ancient Indian temples. In a country with such a lengthy history and culture as India, it is an ancient and long-standing musical instrument.

In places like Gujarat and Maharashtra, the Manjeera plays an essential role in folk music. It is performed with a lamp or Dhoop during Aarti rendered to the deity in Maharashtra. Its sound is well suited for this solemn occasion.

In addition, the Manjeera is very popular in Nepal. This instrument is known as Jhyamta in Nepal, and it is also played in different cultural festivals such as Sakela, Chyabrung, and Udhauli.

External dimensions, quantification, and importance format are used to classify Manjeera. They include: Bortaal, Majutaal, Khutitaal or Xarutaal, and Ramtaal or Khoritaal.

 

Free Manjeera software download

Try the free SwarShala demo that includes Manjeera along with various other Indian instruments by clicking on the "Try a Demo" button below.

 

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