The mukhavina is a smaller version of the nadaswaram, usually only about a foot and a half in length. like the nadaswaram it is played in south India, but it is more common in folk music. Curiously the name "mukhavina" literally translates to "mouth - vina".
This instrument is a south Indian version of the shehnai. Its size and tone are very similar. However unlike the shehnai, the bell is made of wood, and the reed assembly is a diminutive form of the nadaswaram's
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