The Art of India ➔ Indian Musician Playing Manjira
Height: 36 in
Width: 14.5 in
Depth: 15 in
Indian woman playing cymbal-like instrument (manjira), traditional red/orange dress
The manjira is a set of percussion cymbals used in various religious ceramonies, and especially in devotional songs (bhajans) dedicated to an Indian god or goddess. Indian classical music is intimately associated with temple rituals. Devdasis (women dedicated to the temples) were the developers and the keepers of Indian classical music who performed in temples during religious celebrations. They could read and write; they knew poetry; they taught yoga to the community, and unlike other women, they could buy and sell property.