The Kanjira is part of the rich and complex Indian classical drumming legacy. The South Indian frame drum is an instrument used in the classical Carnatic music. The original kanjira was made from the jackfruit tree using the now endangered lizard species Bengal Monitor or, Varanus Bengalensis of India.
This drum was naturally pre-tuned very high and in order to get a good bass sound the performer sprinkled water on the inside of the drum which loosened the tension. This tedious process would be repeated many times during a performance. The tone of the drum is also affected by the climate and required performers to carry a few kankira drums assuring at least one drum was perfectly tuned.
7" diameter x 2-3/8" deep diameter Kanjira fits comfortably in the player's hand and features a 1" flat jingle set that produces a dry tone with short decay.