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Chimta

Chimta

Chimta which means tongs is a metallic percussion instrument without membranes attached to it. It has evoled into a traditional percussion instrument used in Punjabi folk songs, Bhangra music and Gurbani Kirtan.

The chimta consists of a long, flat piece of steel or iron that is pointed at both ends, and folded over in the middle. A metal ring is attached near the fold, and there are jingles or rings attached along the sides at regular intervals.

The player holds the joint of the instrument in one hand and strikes the two sides of the chimta together producing a metallic chiming sound and helps to keep up the beat of the song.