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What is 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.

Did You Know

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.

Where it’s from

South India

Musical Tradition:
Carnatic, Folk & Devotional

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