111.11 Concussion sticks or stick clappers

Kato. Clappers. In the form of a squirrel, with an articulated jaw and tail, operated by a cord. The instrument is mounted on a bamboo pole. Made in Mangwal, Sangrur District.

The bamboo pole on which the instrument is mounted is held in the left hand and the right hand pulls the cord that operates the moving parts of the instrument, consisting of the articulated ‘jaw’, creating a series of rapid staccato sounds. It features in traditional male dancing such as the Malwa giddh�, where it provides a rhythmic accompaniment.

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