Mizhavu drum, Upanayanam

Mizhavu, one of the oldest percussion instruments in the world, is apparently of ‘brahminical’ origin. Considered sacred, the instrument is used only as accompaniment to ritualistic performances inside the temples.

“Being considered a Brahmin, all holy rituals connected with Brahminic tradition should be accorded to the mizhavus — including upanayanam, the ritualistic ceremony converting “one into a ‘brahmanan’ and initiating him into the life of a ‘brahmachari,’”

Mending and reusing the instrument is forbidden,” he said. “When it becomes unfit for performance after some time, the Mizhavu is considered dead and we have to perform all solemn rites connected with the death of a Brahmin