Kartal are a pair of wooden blocks or frames with small metal jingles mounted in them. They are simply beaten together to provide a rhythmic support to bhajans, kirtan, folk and other light music. The term kartal is also applied to wooden claves
In Manipur (Northeast India) the term "kartal" is used for a large set of manjira. This is a very different instrument and should not be confused with the more common Kartal.
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