The Thavil is a large, heavy and very powerful double skin drum from Southern India. It is traditionally used for accompanying the piercing Nageshwaram at open-air temple festivals. The modern Thavil has a corpus that is bordered by a steel ring coated in plastic on which the two skins are fixed by metal straps. Both skins can be separately tuned. The bass skin is beaten with a short wooden stick, the high-pitched skin with thimbles that are put on the fingertips.
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