The Shankha

The shankha is a conch shell primarily used in religious music of Hinduism and Buddhism.

The shell is got from the shell of a large predatory sea snail, the Turbinella Pyrum that lives in the Indian ocean. The main body of the shell is oblong or conical.

The shankha is blown through a hole that is specially drilled near the apex. When blown, the sound produced is loud and high.

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south

Performer Information

Performer Name: Ganesh

Musical Tradition:
South, carnatic

Did you know


Blowing the shankha was considered the appropriate way to start everything from religious ceremonies to battles with the enemy in the stories of the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

 

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