|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.