The Thavil

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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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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