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date: 09 December 2019

Sēmakkalam [semmankalam, sōmangalam]locked

  • Alastair Dick

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[semmankalam, sōmangalam]

Circular bell-metal percussion plaque of Tamil Nadu, southern India. It is suspended by a cord from a wooden handle and beaten with a stick. The name sōmangalam refers to a moon-shaped version. It is played in temples, in temple processions, and by mendicants etc.

P. Sambamoorthy: Catalogue of Musical Instruments Exhibited in the Government Museum, Madras...

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