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Nedun kuḻal [nedun kuzhal]locked

  • Alastair Dick

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Double duct flute, with central blowing-hole, of Tamil Nadu, south India. It consists of a long, thick bamboo tube with three internodes. At each node a shallow hole is made connecting the neighbouring internodes; these holes are partially covered with thin metal sheets to create the ducts, leaving the outer end of each hole open to form the mouths. A reed blowing-tube is inserted into the central internode, and the breath is channelled in both directions through the two ducts. The instrument is held vertically and lower internode, where the melody is played, has eight fingerholes; the upper gives a drone. The ‘nedunguzhal’ illustrated by Sambamoorthy (...

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