Galad is a folk instrument used by the folk dancers of Punjab. It is also known by the names ‘Kirla’ and ‘Kato.’ The word ‘galad’ literally means ‘squirrel.’ This instrument consists of a stick, which contains a carved squirrel on the top. Tiny bells are attached to the tail of this squirrel. A cord fixed to the head of this squirrel is used for shaking it up, causing the bells to produce a jingling sound. This instrument is used for providing a rhythmic sound for the folk dances.
A Galad is painted for decorative purpose and is occasionally adorned with ribbons, tassels and feathers. On some instances, the face of a fish or some animal is fixed on the squirrel.