Manjeeras / Kartals

Manjeeras are cymbals made of cast brass. In Bengal and eastern India they are also called kartals. They are clinked together, generating a very powerful, high-pitched, piercing, metalic sound, often with slight beats.

EU: 19 – 49 €
incl. 19% VAT, plus 3.60 € shipping within Germany / 3.60 € within Europe
Non-EU: 15.97– 41.18 €
plus 3.60 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

The following sizes are available:

S - Small - EU 19 € / non-EU 15.97 €
M - Medium - EU 29 € / non-EU 24.37 €
L - Large - EU 39 € / non-EU 31.77 €
XL - Extra Large - EU 49 € / non-EU 41.18 €

Manjeeras are used in pairs. A dinstinction is made between sounding and dampened strokes for rhythmically accentuated play. Manjeeras are mainly used to accompany religious chants, e.g. kirtans and bhajans. Because of their precise and simultaneously loud sound they also have a major role in accompanying the classical South-Indian dance style Bharata Natyam: they are played by the natuvanar / natuvangam, the master or mistress of dance who recites the complicated rhythmical syllables during the abstract elements of dance in accord with the manjeeras, which are implemented synchronously and precisely into movements by the dancer.


Features

Solid cast brass, flat with small central bulge, polished surfaces, available only as pair, cord that holds the pair is included.
Our flat, traditional cast brass manjeeras with a small central dome are available in the three sizes small, medium and large. They come in pairs, bound together by a cotton thread, and are not tuned to a definete pitch. The smaller the manjeeras, the higher the sound.

Tuning

Traditional Manjeeras are not tuned to a specific scale. The pitch may vary depending on its weight, size and alloy. The smaller the diameter and lower the weight, the higher the pitch and shorter its sound. Usually the pitch of both single Manjeeras vary slightly from each other, so that there are clear beats in unison.

Size

S - diameter 5.0 - 6.5 cm, weight around 100 gr
M - diameter 6.6 - 8.5 cm, weight around 150 gr
L - diameter 8.6 - 10,.0 cm, weight around 225 gr
XL - diameter 10.1 - 12.0 cm, weight around 300 gr

The diameter is crucial for deciding the size - the weight might differ from the above mentioned details.

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