• 30.mandolin-01_2
  • viloin
  • 22.veena_
  • 20.uddukai1
  • 21.thavil2
  • 28.tarshennai-01
  • ghungroo
  • 18.tabla_
  • 17.swarmandel
  • 29.shursingar-01
  • 16.sitar_
  • 1.sangu_11
  • 12.sarod_
  • 13.sarangi1
  • 11.santoor
  • 14.shenai2
  • 27.mridangam1
  • 8.Morsing
  • 9.kanjira
  • 7.harmonium
  • 5.ghatam1
  • 4.e-tampura11
  • 3.dilruba2
  • 2.bansuri
  • 26.konnakol
  • 34.vocal_male2
  • 6.ghungroo1
  • 25.vocal_female2

The Thavil

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The thavil is a percussion instrument used for accompanying the nadaswaram, a wind instrument used in Hidu religious music and as a solo instrument in Carnatic music.

It consists of a barrel shaped drum carved out of jackfruit wood, with animal membrane stretched out on either side. The instrument is played while sitting, or is hung by a cloth strap from the neck.

The thavil is played with the fingers of the hand on the right, and a short, thick stick on the left. The tips of the fingers of the right hand are covered with hardened thumb caps that are made of refined wheat flour and water.

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south

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Musical Tradition:
Carnatic, Folk & Devotional

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The thavil and nadaswaram are seen in major festivals and ceremonies in South India. Traditionally, a nadaswaram-thavil concert is used as the opening performance.

 

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viloinThe violin
22.veena_The Veena
20.uddukai1The Udukkai
21.thavil2The Thavil
1.sangu_11The Shankha
14.shenai2The Nadaswaram
27.mridangam1The Mridangam
8.MorsingThe Morsing
9.kanjiraThe Kanjira
5.ghatam1The Ghatam
2.bansuriThe Bansuri
26.konnakolKonnakol
25.vocal_female2Carnatic vocal (female)