Yesterday I had again been to the Balaji Temple in Pashan, Pune. It was a special occasion and there were musicians from Tamilnadu to play the Nadaswaram the acoustic musical instrument of south India. It is made of a wood and is a cousin of the shehnai but larger. The percussion accompaniment to the nadaswaram is the thavil a barrel like drum. On one hand the player wears caps in his finger while in the other he holds a stick. It is either played sitting or with the thavil hanging round the neck standing.