The Nadaswaram is considered very auspicious and is an important musical instrument played in all Hindu weddings and temples throughout South India. Similar to the Shehnai, this majestic wind instrument is widely known as the Mangala Vaadhyam with its musical strains filling the premises at every auspicious occasion.
For generations, Nadhaswaram has been among the popular musical instruments. With its origins in Tamil Nadu, the instrument is widely used in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Nadhaswaram has a hardwood body and a large flaring bell made of wood or metal and is recognized as the world’s loudest non-brass acoustic instrument.
The art of Nadhaswaram music has been dwindling over the years and without adequate support this art would be lost forever. Understanding the importance of preserving Nadhaswaram, the Acharyas have taken the initiative to train the present generation in this art and keep it flourishing. The Kanchi Mutt has established two Nadhaswaram institutes, one for boys at Thiruttani and for girls at Karvet Nagar with an aim of reviving the art and providing financial support to children of traditional Nadhaswaram families. This also empowers them and gives them the impetus to pursue the art of their forefathers.
Children attend the Government School in addition to receiving Nadhaswaram training in classical form and Nattu Vaidyam. They are also given vocational skills for life so that they enjoy a good livelihood.
Girl students are also taught tailoring and vocational courses such as training to become nurses. This helps them secure employment or pursue the path of entrepreneurship.
Sri Kamakoti Nadaswara Patasala Girls
Karvettinagaram, Near Puttur,
Sri Kamakoti Nadaswara