Nadaswaram is the popular music instrument which is played in pairs accompanied by Thavil (drums) in all auspicious occasions. Nadaswaram is a long hollowed instrument made of wood having seven holes in the body with a tip (mouth piece) at one end and a conical bore at the other end. It is a wind based instrument. One must need a strong lung power to blow the instrument through the mouth tip made of reed. Narasingampettai is a small cluster located 40 km away from Thanjavur. It is well known for its traditional musical instrument production. The artisan with his well practiced skill makes the Nadaswaram. The wood is first cut into blocks and it is turned on the lathe machine. The inner part of stick is removed by piercing it with a sharp edged file. The body part of Nadaswaram is made into a shape of a pipe by removing the inner wood pulp. Then the hollowed wooden stick is smoothened and cleaned with normal water. Once the long hollow shaped body is made, the seven holes are drilled on the body. Finally it is smoothened with sand paper and mouth tip is attached at the top and a conical bore is attached at the end. The base part of Nadaswaram is a large flaring bell. This is made of wood by turning it on the lathe machine. Upper part is said as mouth tip and made of reed. Both, the flaring bell and the reed tip are made separately and fixed to the body of Nadaswaram. The final product is checked for proper tuning before sending it to the market.
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