Type: Barrel Drum > Membranophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.22
Region: South Asia.
Description: The thavil [in Tamil: தவில் thavil] or tavil is a barrel shaped drum from Tamilnadu. It is used in temple and folk music, where it often accompanies the nadaswaram and also in Carnatic music.
The thavil and the nadaswaram are essential components of traditional festivals and ceremonies in South India. Thanjavur is famous for thavil, so called Thanjavur Thavil. In Carnatic Filmi songs thavils are mostly used, Notable movies: “Thillaanaa Mohanambal”, “Paruthiveeran”, “Karagattakaran”.
Playing Techniques: In the context of folk music, a pair of wider, slimmer sticks are sometimes used. Thanjavur is famous for thavil, so called Thanjavur Thavil.