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Kartal, the Rhythm Instrument

Singh with Tambourine


Kartal is a Sikh word used for any rhythm instrument, and simply translates to shaker in English.
Singh Rain Sabaaee Kirtan

Singh and Tambourine at Rain Sabaaee Kirtan

Photo © [Khalsa Panth]
A traditional kartal is carved from a block of wood. Metal disks are inserted to produce a jingle. This singh is playing a small tambourine to keep time while singing. The activity also helps both the worshipers and the performers to stay awake in the wee hours before dawn.

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