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What is the Sangu?

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

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.

Where it’s from

South India

Listen to the Sangu

Performer Name Ganesh
Musical Tradition South, carnatic

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