111.11 Concussion sticks or stick clappers

Pair of teak wooden clappers connected by string, and used to keep a beat for sitari player and singer. The clappers are clashed together to produce sound.

The jakulu clappers provide a rhythmic accompaniment to the songs and music of itinerant musicians of the Erukula community, neighbouring the Sora villages in Orissa. The clappers are held in the singer's left hand. He supports one clapper with the thumb and the other with the middle and ring finger while he plays a drone note on the single string of a sitari lute (Horniman Museum number: 2004.532) with the fingers of the right hand.

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