Elathalam, or Ilathalam (Malayalam: ഇലത്തളം), is a metallic musical instrument which resembles a miniature pair of cymbals. This instrument from Kerala and Tamil Nadu
in southern India is completely made out of bronze and has two pieces in it.
Elathalam is played by keeping one part of the cymbal in left hand banging the other cymbal to the one in left hand. Even though this instrument is small by size, it does have more thickness than the common cymbal, and thus gives a distinct chime.