Nadaswaram Player
The nadaswaram is version of southern India "Shehnai". Also it called "nagaswaram". It is much longer than the Shehnai, and has a hardwood body and a long hood made of wood or metal. It is part of the family of the "vadya mangala" ("Mangala" auspicious, "vadya" instrument). It is considered a very asupicioso instrument, and is located in temples and during weddings. Normally they accompany one surpeti (swar peti), an OTTU and tavil (much to write).

There is a smaller version of Nadaswaram is played in folk music: it is known as "Mukhavina".
Mukhavina - Smaller version of Nadaswaram is played in Indian folk music
Mukhavina - Smaller version of Nadaswaram is played in Indian folk music
It 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.

The Nadaswaram has seven holes. There are five holes drilled in the bottom, which are used as controllers. This instrument has a range of two octaves and a half, as the flute. The system of fingering is similar to the flute; but the difference is that in the semi-flute tones and quarter tones are produced by opening or partially covering the holes, but in Nadaswaram occur and adjusting the pressure force of the air flow inside the tube. So it's a very demanding instrument, and because of its intense volume and strength is much more suited to touch open (and not indoors in concert situations) spaces.



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