- Laurence Libin
South Asian concussion tongs. Adapted from cooking tongs, the typical chimta is a long, narrow steel strip bent in half, about 60 to 75 cm long, with the outer side of both arms fitted with one or two groups of five or more paired, circular brass jingles loosely mounted on posts. Often a suspension ring is inserted at the closed end of the tongs and a sliding clasp adjusts the opening distance between the arms, which terminate in blunt points. A characteristic rhythmic instrument of Punjabi folk music and Sikh devotional song, the ...