Indian classical and folk music shares the same roots in terms of the rhythms they are based upon. Though most of the rhythm (taal) instruments are leather-made, there are a few accompanying instruments in metal as well. In Karnataka, there are two such instruments, taala and ghagri namely. They could be made either in brass or iron. This video shows the uses of both these instruments in the musical and storytelling performances of various folk troupes of Karnataka. Prof. Kuruva Basavraj of Janapada University talks about these instruments and their position in the larger instrumental tradition in Indian classical and folk music.
Expert narration and performances of taala and ghagri, the folk instruments of Karnataka.