Villadi Vadyam is a bow-shaped instrument found in South Indian states, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Villu refers to bow and Adi to strike.
The instrument is made of a bow, which is two or three meters in length. It is placed on an inverted earthen pot which functions as a sound amplifier. The bow string is usually a hemp or leather strap and has bells which jingle on striking.
The instrument accompanies 'villu pattu', a traditional folk song.