Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Pulluvakudam is a string instrument with a percussion sound. It is used by women belonging to the `Pulluvar’ caste, for propitiating serpent-gods, that is why it came to be knonn as ‘Pulluvakudam’.

An earthern-pot is halved and one-half is covered with leather and the leather is fixed to the port firmly with a strong string and the veena is made. A smoothened stone is rubbed against the strings on the bottom of the pot thereby producing a sound. Together with the fingers of the left hand rubbing against the strings at the foot, music is further produced.

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