Text Box: Koritaal    or   Raponi

Class Idiophone


            The traditional method of playing Koritaal,  is by placing a cowry on one hand and then rub the engraved portion of the Koritaal on it. The pace at with the Koritaal is moved varies according to the beat. According to the book Badya Abhgyan there are a few other methods of playing Koritaal. Now a - days, the cowry is hardly used to play Koritaal, and replaced by metal rings.

                 Koritaal is very simple in construction. A lath of Bholuka ( A local variety of large Bamboo) or similar bamboo of length around one meter is taken for making Koritaal. The lath is  cut and smoothed to a handle in one end and its diameter is slowly reduced towards the other end. In the whole body of the lath, small engravings are made at different spacing on one side.  The distance between these engravings are fixed according to ease of use by the artists.

Koritaal is used throughout Assam , specially with religious music, and other spiritual themed folk songs . Koritaal is used with Praxanga- Kirtan too.

                 Form the simplicity of construction and use, it can be assumed that Koritaal is an ancient musical instrument. Koritaal is also known as Raponi or Feroni in some places. There is a difference of opinion about the name of Koritaal, some people name it as Raamtaal , but others opine that Raamtaal is  synonym of an instrument called Kartaal . In the villages of upper Assam, Raamtaal means the musical instrument that is being discussed here , not Kartaal. A Kori ( Cowry Shell) is used to play the instrument , hence, it can be safely called a Koritaal. However, now a days , using a metal ring in place of the Kori ( Cowry) is being popular among artists.

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1. Oxomor Badyajontro – Sri Dharmeswar Duwara- Bani Mandir

 2.  Badya Abhgyan— Dr. Debajit Saikia—Sri Sri Auniaati Xatra

 1. Dwijen Gogoi – Serekapar – Sibsagar

 2.   Namghoriya—NEEPCO Naam-Ghar ; Duliajan

Cowry used for playing  Kori-Taal