Khanjoni

Khanjoni

This is a small frame drum around 6-7 inches in diameter with a rim about half that size. A couple pairs of jangles may be inserted into the rim, but sometimes these are omitted. The player grasps the drum with the rim in the palm of the hand and the thumb resting inside. By placing two or three fingers on the outside of the skin, pressure can be exerted upon it or relaxed, thereby allowing some manipulation of the general pitch. Timbre and dynamic changes can be made by different placement of the striking fingers of the other hand or by use of the whole palm. It is commonly used by other mendicant singers and in the hand of some can attain a remarkable degree of subtle musical expression.