Mukhavina
Mukhavina
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"

MukhavinaIt consists of three parts: kuzhal, thimiru and Anasu. Traditionally Nadaswaram body is made of a tree called "Aacha" (a type of ebony). It is a very shrill wind instrument (I said).

It is a double reed instrument with a conical bore that gradually widens towards the lower end. It is usually made of a kind of ebony. The top has a metal cylinder ("Mel Anaichu") within which a small metal cylinder ("Kendai") leading to the nozzle rod is inserted. Besides spare reeds, a small needle of ivory or horn is added. This needle or spike is used to clean the nozzle saliva, and allows air circulation. A metal bell ("Keezh Anaichu") decorates the bottom.

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