Madras, Andhra Maharashtra, India
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-double reed
Gift of the Government of Tamil Nadu, 1978
Although found in classical ensembles, this South Indian double-reed instrument, like its northern counterpart the Śahnāī, most often accompanies dances and processions at outdoor weddings and festivals. The reed is mounted on a staple that fits into the wood body. Extra reeds hang at the side, along with wooden needles, which are used in fine-tuning by inserting wax plugs in the five unfingered holes at the base of the tube. Andhar Maharashtra.
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