How is a shehnai made?

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A short educational film taken from the archives of the Asian Music Circuit.

The shehnai, shahnai, shenai or mangal vadya is a wind instrument, a double reed conical oboe, common in North India, West India and Pakistan, made out of wood, with a metal flare bell at the end. Its sound is thought to create and maintaining a sense of auspiciousness and sanctity and, as a result, is widely used during marriages, processions, and in temples of West India, although it is also played in concerts. The South Indian equivalent of the shehnai is the nadaswaram.