The Kanjira is an eclectic south Indian instrument that is used majorly in South Indian musical arrangements. The Kanjira or Khanjira or Ganjira is a folk instrument which was used in Bhajans but now has earned its well deserved position as an accompaniment with the Mridangam in traditional Carnatic music. Belonging to the Tambourine family, the instrument is a frame drum which has a metal disc attached to it. The wood used in the Kanjira is the same used for the Mridangam, which is the wood from the Jackfruit tree. This kanjira has been specially sourced from Thanjavur. It is made from Goat skin on account of the Monitor lizard skin head Kanjiras having been banned due to the ecological threat to the reptiles, without any drop in sound quality.
Watch the video the comparison of sounds of the Monitor Lizard Kanjira and the Ultimate Guru Kanjira as a trained professional explains the differences.
The Kanjira is 7 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep. This Kanjira has a deep and rich resounding tone and briliant sustain. The best way to play the instrument is to apply a little water to the inside of the Kanjira before playing begins. The instrument is held in the left hand and played with the right hand. The instrument sounds better over time.
Ultimate Guru Music Concert Grade Kanjira features are :
Made from the finest wood
Drum head made from Goat Skin
Has a single metal disc within the wood
Deep, rich tone for longer and more resounding sustained sound
Easy to hold. Comfortably fits into the players hand