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This is not a great shot technically speaking. Just wanted to show how music is played in South Indian Hindu weddings.


Hindu weddings can't be performed without music. It sets the mood for the wedding ceremonies and is played most of the day. Here you can see the part of musicians at a South Indian wedding morning. Here you can see the women playing the nadaswarams. They are played loud with the drums at the time the knot is tied. The songs are classical south Indian songs praising God and Goddess.

The nadaswaram, also spelt nadhaswaram, and also called nagaswaram (Tamil: நாதஸ்வரம்) is one of the most popular classical musical instruments in the South Indian culture and the world's loudest non-brass acoustic instrument[citation needed]. It is a wind instrument similar to the North Indian shehnai but larger, with a hardwood body and a large flaring bell made of wood or metal.

In South Indian Hindu culture, the nadaswaram is considered to be very auspicious, and it is a key musical instrument played in almost all Hindu weddings and temples of the South Indian tradition. It is part of the family of instruments known as a Mangala Vadya (lit. mangala : auspicious, vadya:instrument). The instrument is usually played in pairs, and accompanied by a pair of drums called thavil.

You Can here a clip of nadaswaram here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5NMfNDc7WU&feature=related

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