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  • n. An ancient Indian percussion instrument, a two-sided drum whose body is usually made from a hollowed piece of jackfruit wood. Connected with hindu mythology in which numerous gods play this instrument: Ganesha, Shiva, Nandi, Hanuman etc.


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Sanskrit मृदंग


  • But Carnatic music features singers -- vocalists make up more than half the festival bookings in Chennai -- and replaces the North's small tabla drums with a two-sided barrel called the mridangam, and the North's harmonium (a small reed organ) with the violin (a version of the instrument adapted from the West 200 years ago).

    Music-Mad Month

  • Lalgudi Jayaraman, who first performed with Raghu in 1947 at Madurai, said his mridangam was a perfect combination of brilliance and tradition.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Eminent theatre personalities Zohra Segal and Ebrahim Alkazi and noted 'mridangam' Carnatic artist Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman are the other three chosen for Padma Vibhushan award by the government which, in all, named 130 people, including 13 in the category of foreigners, NRIs and PIOs. 43 are Padma Bhushan and 83 are Padma Shri.

    The Times of India

  • Frank attributes his groundingin 'mridangam' to his gurus Ramnad V. Raghavan, T. Ranganathan, and Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Frank has accompanied his wife Geetha on 'mridangam' during concerts in India, Hong Kong, Canada and many venues in the U.S.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Ramnad V. Raghavan, a widely respected performer of the Karnatak (south Indian classical music, also known as mridangam and long-time member of the Wesleyan University music faculty, died in Chennai,

    World Music Central

  • "I am basically a percussionist and attracted to 'mridangam' more.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Swaminathan on mridangam, a two-headed barrel drum, and B.

    In concert: U. Shrinivas at Millennium Stage

  • Remember Shakti is an Indi-jazz fusion quintet, composed of legendary English guitarists Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Grammy-winning Indian tabla player, Zakir Hussain, and Indian musicians, Shrinivas Uppalapu on mandolin, Selvaganesh Vinayakaram playing the kanjira, ghatam, and mridangam, and singer Shankar Mahadevan.

    Jim Luce: U.N. Birthday Rocks for Its Peacemakers

  • The mridangam Southern equivalent of the Northern pakhavaj is the principal drum in South Indian Carnatic music.

    Archive 2009-10-01


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  • Great article! This sounds like what I learned recently about guitars when I toured a place where they still handcraft them. :-)

    April 9, 2008

  • Crap. I forgot the quotation marks. I edited the comment; try the link again if you want.

    April 9, 2008

  • Oops. Link seems to be broken.

    April 9, 2008

  • Learned here. See also terroir.

    April 9, 2008