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Tavil is an instrument found only in the extreme south.  It has a shell of nearly spherical proportions which is open on both sides.  There are two skins wrapped around two large hemp hoops.  The left side is played with a stick.  The right side is played with the hands with metal thimbles placed over the fingers to give a sharp sound.  This instrument is commonly played in South Indian temples and weddings.  It is the most common accompaniment to the nadaswaram.


Instruments Used With Tavil



Selected Video

South Indian Drummer


Thavil: Vasu & Radha


playing with Thavil


Thavil Solo


Thavil katai practice


Thavil mora by T.R. Subramaniam


Thavil korvay by T.R. Subramaniam



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