Kartal & Mandira

Kartal & Mandira

These are two types of bell metal cymbals giving a clear ringing tone.  Kartal are about five inches in diameter and have a small concave boss at the center.  Mandira are smaller, cup-shaped cymbals.  Both are played with contrasting open and damped sounds to underline the meter and to play simple rhythmic patterns.  They are a regular accompaniment to Vaisnava kirtan and many other types of devotional music.