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Pulluvan Kudam

Pulluvan Kudam, (Pulluvanís Pot) is a musical instrument associated with Pulluvar, a rustic community of Kerala. The main part of this ingenious apparatus is a clay pot with a hole bored in its base. This hole is then tightly sealed with a leather film and a string drawn from its center. This string is kept taut at the end of a thin stick held tightly with the foot of the player sitting cross-legged on the floor. The string is strummed at different tightness to vary the sound. Pulluvan Kudams are a regular feature in Kavu (Scared Grove) rituals held in reverence to snake gods.

Updated on 21st January, 2016

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