What is mizhavu?

Mizhavu

A mizhav or mizhavu is a big copper drum played as an accompanying percussion instrument in the Koodiyattam and Koothu, performing arts of Kerala . It is played by the Ambalavasi Nambiar community.

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Nambiar (Ambalavasi/Mizhavu)
... hands, since Nambiars are assigned to play the holy drum "Mizhavu", which they play with their hands only ... Nambiars are assigned to play the drum "Mizhavu" in ritualistic temple performances like Koodiyattam and koothu in Koothambalams inside the temples ... The nambiars who play Mizhavu are sometimes called as Chakyar Nambiars or Mizhavu Nambiars ...
Mizhavu
... A mizhav or mizhavu is a big copper drum played as an accompanying percussion instrument in the Koodiyattam and Koothu, performing arts of Kerala ... Mizhavu is treated as a "Brahmachaarya" and it is considered as sacred ...