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.
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