The conch or Sanku is an object of veneration for the folk. Music is produced
from a conch to which a silver pipe is attached. The end of the
pipe serves as the mouth-piece. The pipe does not contain any air-holes.
The player produces the required sound by skillfully adjusting the volume
and pressure of the air that he/she blows through the pipe. The
sound so produced resembles the combined sound of a clarinet and mukaveena
In Palani, members of a family of traditional Pandarams
play on the conch certain characteristic musical lines to the accompaniment
of percussion instruments. Regular music concerts also are given on the
conch. For this purpose the conch used is called Dhavala Chank.
It has an extra fitting 5" pipe connected to the mouth piece of the
conch. It is played entirely through the skillful control of the
air blown through the conch.
The conch-shell is used as a musical instrument in the
fields. It is believed by the folk that this music will help to increase
production. This view is now shared by some scientists as well.