Singing bowl is a type of a bell shaped like a half coconut shell which produces musical sound when played by striking or rotating a mallet around the rim. Traditionally, singing bowls had several purposes such as in religious functions, meditation, social ceremonies and for healing purposes. Singing bowls are usually made of a material obtained after combining several metals especially copper and tin which is then molded into variety of sizes by use of hands. The modern singing bowl is made of synthetic crystal such as silica sand which is crashed and then re-formed into a bowl that has a rubber base using machines. After manufacturing the singing bowl, decorative art such as dots, stars, rings or a short message is written on it to increase its attractive value.
A singing bowl is one of the few instruments that can last forever while still in good working conditions. Music industry, therapeutic uses especially in psychology, social ceremonies and classrooms are some of the fields where it is possible to use a singing bowl. The type of sound tone produced by one singing bowl depends on the choice that player chooses depending on the mood. Most individuals who own a singing bowl are emotionally attached to it and the more they play the instrument, the bonds strengthens even more. An individual can also get several singing bowls due to their attractiveness of their sound for different tones and experience. Each size of a singing bowl has its specific mallet but this does not mean that one has to purchase all of them as there exists a multipurpose mallet. The purpose of the sound is what determines how one plays the singing bow. Singing bowl sound intended for soothing a crying baby, meditation, sound healing requires soft tapping of the bowl with a mallet as this results to a quiet state of consciousness and focusing the mind. It is also possible to play the singing bowl by striking the bowl around the rim of the bowl which creates steady uniform pressure producing sound and vibrations. Singing bowls are believed to have a general relaxation effect in the body and acts as a stress reliever. It is therapeutic to use a singing bowl for conditions such as emotional pain, depression, anger, anxiety and blood pressure.
The sound tone produced by the singing bowl in gymnasiums and more yoga acts as a guide to the participants which is quite motivational. A singing bowl is important to every individual and playing it occasionally especially after long working hours is very helpful. One can consider purchasing a singing bow as gift to a loved one as it is quite unique. An entrepreneur should be able to seize the business opportunity to supply singing bowls to the customers.