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mukhavina, small Indian nadaswaram

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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