known as Singha in the North and Kombu in the South, is used as accompaniment
for tribal and folk music.
is a sacred instrument. Lord Vishnu holds the conch. Krishna
is said to have blown on the conch to start off the Kurukshetra war.
In the North a Valampuri (right sided) conch is used to blow during prayers
in temples as well as in the homes
is made of bamboo, provided with holes for finger movement and a hole
portable keyboard instrument, is operated with bellows and is used widely
in the North
(or Nadaswaram) an instrument used on auspicious occasions, in temples
and weddings, is a double reed instrument, with the drone provided by
a type of Nadaswaram known as the Ottu.
used by snake charmers, has an oval gourd with small holes at the neck.
with two thin bamboo pieces consisting of even holes attached to the centre
of the gourd
is the auspicious instrument in the North, similar to the Nagaswaram in
the South. There is a sruti shehnai, similar to the Ottu in the South
, for providing the drone