Where/how did you get a hold of this kanjira? I'd love to get one but my traditional indian connections don't go beyond Tablas and dholaks.Here is my Indian Kanjira with a monitor lizzard skin. It is a pretty old Kanjira but in excellent condition (I would not have bought it if it was new since the monitor lizzard is an endangered species). The skin is exceptionally thin and when wet, it becomes very pliable so that you can "bend" the pitch the way a guitarist bends his strings.
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Could someone tell me that this thing is called?
I really should stop referring to it as "That spinny thingy with the little doodads that hit the heads"
I've always heard them called Prayer drums. I picked one up at the Japanese pavillion at Epcot a few years ago. It's definately a favorite of mine.I know what it is.
It's called a tibetian temble drum.
Priests in Tibet use them when the do religious activities
It is also used by street performers in India as musical accompaniment to their schtik