Onavillu is a simple, short bow-shaped musical instrument made of palm or bamboo. Its use during the Onam celebrations must have given it that name. The bow string when struck with a thin stick, the size of a pencil, produces sound. Varying pressure on the string with fingers affects the sound. Though a regular accompaniment in rural art forms such as Kummattikkal,' the use of Onavillu is on the decline now.
Updated on 27th August, 2014
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