Chimta is a folk instrument of Punjab
, used during the traditional dances and festivals. The word ‘chimta’ literally means ‘tongs’ referring to its structure.
This instrument is made up of an iron strip, about 122 cm in length, bent in the middle to make the ends join. An iron ring is set at the bend. Occasionally small metal discs, called ‘chaene,’ are attached to the inner sides of the bent strip to act like cymbals. The size of these cymbals may vary. This instrument is played by striking the ends of the strip together. The sound produced is sharp and clanging.
The Chimta features an engraving of geometrical designs on the arms. The decoration may also include copper or brass inlay work.