|B. D. Musics|
The Ganjira / kanjira is a basic South Indian drum. Which is found primarily within the Carnatic classical music system.
The shell of the kanjira is approximately 2” deep and the diameter of the shell approximately 7” to 8”. It is a single headed drum, the skin being a very thin lizard skin (thin lizard skin, rather than skin from a thin lizard…). This skin is stretched taut over the shell and is glued on the outside of the shell. In this state the drum is very highly tuned, but in performance it needs to be very bass-heavy. This effect is achieved by lightly spreading water on the inside of the head before and during a show. One other very important characteristic of the drum is the solitary pair of tiny brass jingles fixed into a hole in the shell, which adds a very sharp cut to the sound.