TYPES OF TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS
Out of the 50 different types of Singing Bowls that researches have discovered so far, there are seven or eight basic kind of singing bowls which are used more often in different parts of the world. Each singing bowl has a special characteristic of its own, its own shape and sound. There is still a debate on the classification and naming of these singing bowls among the experts. So the following classification can be different according to some other experts. Here it goes:
THADOBATI TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS:
These are one of the oldest forms of singing bowls which may date back to at least the 15th century
JAMBATI TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS:
These are usually the heaviest and the largest among the singing bowl family. They are also considered to be one of the most beautiful.
NAGA PEDESTAL SINGING BOWLS:
These bowls have two parts forged separately: the main body that is the bowl itself and the pedestal which the bowl is mounted on.
MANI SINGING BOWLS:
These bowls have a very strong physical presence with their powerful voice and solid character. They have a very unique sound and are shaped in a unique conical form.
ULTABATI SINGING BOWLS:
These bowls are very large, spacious and look like a cauldron. There are two contrasting finishing on their external walls – there is a 3-4 cm wide band just below the rim and the rest of the body will have different coloured finish.
MANIPURI SINGING BOWLS:
Manipuri Singing bowls are identified with their shallow depth, low profile and small rounded bottom. The lip may be simple or in thicker bowls, it can be decorated with symbols engravings.
LINGAM TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS:
They are one of the rarest and the oldest Himalayan Singing Bowls dating all the way back to the 16th century.
REMUNA SINGING BOWLS:
These singing bowls have thin smooth wall with plain lips and a slightly bulbous profile. Their vocal range varies from 3rd to 5th octave creating very unique sound.
UNUSUAL SINGING BOWLS
There are some singing bowls which are quite unique in their shape and size and it’s rather quite difficult to put them in any category. So, the experts have put them in an “Unusual Singing Bowls” category.
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