Classical wind musical instrument narasinghapettai nagaswaram gets GI tag – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

THANJAVUR: The Narasinghapettai nagaswaram, a classical wind musical instrument traditionally made by artisans based in a village near Kumbakonam, has been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) label.

The Narasinghapettai Nagaswaram
made in a village near Kumbakonam

Government Advocate and Nodal Officer for Tamil Nadu Government Products GI Registration, P Sanjai Gandhi said on Sunday that the label application was filed on behalf of Thanjavur Musical Instruments Workers Co-operative Cottage Industrial Society Limited and facilitated by his team.

The GI Registry issued registration certificate number 420 dated January 21, 2022. The application was originally filed on January 31, 2014, he added.

Gandhi said artisans based in the village of Narasinganpettai, who inherited the making of these wooden instruments from their ancestors, make them through a process that requires specialized skills. The nagaswaram now used by performers is called “pari nagaswaram”, which is longer than the “thimiri”.

Much of “Narasinghapettai nagaswaram” is made from the aacha tree (Hardwickia binata) and craftsmen often use wood from parts of old houses, he said. Artisans use drills, in addition to carpentry tools, to make the nagaswarams which are widely performed in functions such as weddings and temple festivals.

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