by David Courtney working tools


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








© 1998 - 2017 David and Chandrakantha Courtney

For comments, corrections, and suggestions, kindly contact David Courtney at david@chandrakantha.com