A chimta literally meaning tongs, is a traditional percussion instrument of South Asia, often used in popular Punjabi Bhangra music. The chimta consists of a long, flat folded piece of metal steel strip, often with 7 pairs of small metal jingles. The rings are plucked in a downward motion to produce tinkling sounds. It is also used for cooking chapati in almost every Indian home.
Chimtas with large discs are used at rural festivals while ones with smaller discs are often used as an accompaniment to bhangra dancers and singers of traditional Indian hymns. Also known as the "rusty tambourine sword", the chimta has been spotted being played by members of the experimental rock band His Name Is Alive on recent tours.
It is often used in Bhangra music as well or at weddings. It can be combined with Dhol and Bhangra dancers.
It is also famous in the west in traditional Indian and Pakistani celebrations. Bhangra groups, Dhol Players and
Chimta loops are divided into 5 parts according to the speed .
1.Very Slow Loops ( 70 Beats per second ) - 275 + loops .
2.Slow Loops ( 100 Beats per second ) - 275 + loops .
3.Medium speed Loops (120 Beats per second ) - 275 + loops .
4.Fast Loops ( 140 Beats per second ) - 275 + loops .
5.Very Fast Loops ( 180 Beats per second ) - 275 + loops .
A Total of more than 1350 loops . These loops can be used in different genere.
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