Singing bowl has an ancient origin that goes back in time. It has been used in various cultures for its serene musical overtones. It is produced in different states of India. Ramjibanpur, situated in the district of Medinapur, West Bengal is known for its specialization in the production of singing bowls of high quality and fine musical tone. Traditionally, the singing bowl was made of metal alloys such as gold, silver, copper, iron, lead, tin and mercury. Apart from these metals, bell metal is mandatory to be used, since it imparts the sweet sound to these bowls. The metals are to be carefully mixed in proportionate quantities, (particularly the mixing of copper and tin), failing to do so, the sound of the bowl will not be clear and melodious, and its duration would also be short.
Processes followed in making of our products:
The raw material i.e. the metals are first taken in the right proportion and then put into a pot made of soil, which is in the shape of a big jar and has a circular open mouth. This pot is then put in a hot oven, which further melts the mixture of metals. After the melting process, the alloy formed is cooled, which takes a lumpy formation. This lumpy product is constantly heated in the oven over a period of time and hit with a hammer. Twenty hammers of different sizes and shapes are used to beat the lumpy product to form a bowl. This procedure requires ample amount of time, patience and expertise. When the bowl is formed, it is finally given polishing and finishing. It is to be noted that if the hammers are not hit in a particular fashion then the bowl will not have a clear and fine musical tone. For this reason, we make sure that our products are procured from places where the processing of bowl takes place under the guidance of experienced and professional experts.