For a lighter thavil

01FRTHAVIL1_2677602gThe making of no other instrument has evolved as much as the thavil, the only percussion instrument without sruti. Every part of the instrument, barring the drum made of jackfruit wood, has changed with time and more importantly, according to the need of Porayar Venugopala Pillai, a nonagenarian, still playing and teaching the instrument. In this article on The Hindu, the veteran thavil artist explains the changes he brought about in making the instrument lighter, but still retaining the original sound.

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