G. M. Sudharsan
Thavil is a traditional drum, a percussion instrument of South India, played along with the nadaswaram. It is played with a small stick on one side, and with fingers capped with specially made finger caps on the other side. The body of the thavil is made of Jackfruit wood, with one side of it covered with thick skin of buffallo and other side with that of goat’s skin.
35 years old, Saravanan, like all traditional musicians, hails from a family in South India who have been thavil artists for more than ten known generations. He helds a diploma in thavil music from the State Government’s music college. He has mastered the art under the able guidance of renowned thavil artists T. R. Govindarajan in Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, and later perfected it to advanced levels under the tutorship of leading Thavil artist T. R. Subramaniam. He has played along with the leading nadaswaram artists across South India and also gave several international concerts.
Both the hands, performing different beats in unique sequence, creating a drum beat is a classic version of the south Indian music and it is a treat to listen the beauty of thavil by Sudharsan.