NADASWARAM, NADHASWARAM OR NAGASWARAM

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Nadaswaram, large south Indian oboe

Nadaswaram is a South Indian version of the shehnai.  It is also called nagaswaram.   It is substantially larger than the shehnai and has a simple double reed rather than the more complex quadruple reed.  It is considered a very auspicious instrument and is found at temples and at weddings.  It is normally accompanied by a sur peti, ottu, and a tavil.  There is a smaller version of the nadaswaram which is played in folk music and is known mukhavina.

Nadaswaram

Nadaswaram Reed

Nadsawaram Reed (Photo courtesy of Joseph Lucido)

 


 

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