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Tavil

The tavil is the preferred drum to accompany the South Indian double reeded oboe called the nadasvaram. The tavil serves the same purpose as the nagara in North Indian music to accompany shehnai. The tavil is a two headed drum where the bass head is played with a stick and the treble head (shown above) has the main artist wearing metal tacks or thimbles playing refined and controlled strokes.

 

 AUDIO CLIP: Tavil

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012