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In the News (Mon 20 Nov 17)

  
  ARTINDIA,India painting, India craft, India dance, India music, India cinema, India tradition, India culture
The other day a friend of mine, a senior Mridangam Vidwan, was very dejectedly saying that the vocalist had given him time to play the ThaniAvarthanam only after a full two and a half hours of singing and thus insulted him.
The Mridangam is basically made of the skins of animals namely the cow, goat, calf and buffalo.
The Mridangam had a sustained resonance throughout the concert without the help of an equalizer or an amplifier.
www.webindia.com /artindia/layam1.htm   (849 words)

  
 Karaikudi R. Mani: Mridangam Maestro
Karaikudi R. Mani is one of South India's most popular mridangam players, and duly a celebrated and respected composer, performer and educator, as well as musical director of several internationally acclaimed Madras based percussion ensembles.
A characteristic element of mridangam performance is the art of ‘Konnakkol’.
In this article he discussed his beginnings, the role of the mridangam as the principal percussion instrument of South Indian ‘Carnatic’ music, as well as some of the accompanying instruments.
www.users.bigpond.com /apertout/Karaikudi1.htm   (2552 words)

  
  The World Of Mridangam
The Mridangam is a south Indian representative of a class of instrument known as Mridang.
In the big contrast with this, the indian monarch among percussion instruments - the Mridangam is first "tuned" to the appropriate pitch and far more than drum beat, it 'accompanies' the music.
The south Indian dancer depends on not only the mridangam but also the chenda, the maddalam, the edakya, the morsing (or mukha veena) with more than of these present during a performance of Mohini Attam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi while the Bharata Natyam dancer is content with just the mridangam.
planetmridangam.tripod.com /Mridangam/introduction.html   (552 words)

  
  Tyagaraja Vijayam
Mridangam is the principal rhythmic accompaniment in music concerts, harikatha kalakshepams, Bharatanatyam recitals, bhajans etc. In carnatic music concerts, mridangam is an essential accompaniment.
Mridangam notes are also represented by letters and the teachers utter them as they are played on the instrument with proper fingerings etc.
A competent mridangam player creates more and more of enthusiasm in the musician he accompanies, when the latter finds that the mridangist has the grip on the tala, the tempo etc. and follows the lead closely, producing the correct sounds with remarkably telling effect, to the appreciation of the audience.
www.tyagaraja-chicago.org /vijayam/mridangam98.html   (2929 words)

  
 N. Scott Robinson-World Music and Percussion, Frame Drums, Riq, Tambourines
He plays kanjira right handed but mridangam left handed (it is said that he did so to prove that playing mridangam was not as hard as kanjira so he switched to playing mridangam left handed).
His technique on mridangam is said to have been the first to introduce the gumki or bending of the bass head by sliding and pressing the hand into the skin.
His playing technique is unusual in that his touch is light and he often plays the open tone (dum) with an upstroke with his three fingers as opposed to the traditional classical technique that all other kanjira artists learned, which is to play the open tone with a down stroke of the index finger.
www.nscottrobinson.com /southindiaperc.php   (6994 words)

  
 MRIDANGAM : Encyclopedia Entry
Nandi was the escort and companion of Lord Shiva, and is said to have played the mridangam during Shiva's arcane Tandava dance, causing a divine rhythm to resound across the heavens.
Over the years, the mridangam evolved to be made of different kinds of wood due to its increased durability, and today, its body is constructed from wood of the jackfruit tree.
A wooden peg is sometimes placed between the stone and the mridangam during the tuning procedure to ensure that the force is exerted at precisely the point where it is needed.
www.bibleocean.com /OmniDefinition/Mridangam   (1204 words)

  
 Articles - NUANCES OF MRIDANGAM FOR DANCE by K S R Anirudha
Mridangam is hailed as the ‘King of drums’ today as it is the product of years of experiments of our ancestors with the various rhythm instruments to get this most suited and refined instrument for classical Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam.
Though mridangam has not been referred in the past by the term as it is known today, there have been references in the stages of metamorphosis of this instrument.
‘Mridangam’ was originally referred to as “Thannumai” in ancient times and perhaps was called by different names at different periods until it has reached the present form as we see it today.
www.narthaki.com /info/articles/article40.html   (1883 words)

  
 Language in India
Here, the language of mridangam, or the language of percussion instruments in Carnatic music, is analyzed and described with reference to the four basic characteristics of language.
Mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and the moharsing are the percussion instruments usually used in Carnatic music.
The mridangam is aligned to the sruthi of the singer by altering the tightness of the parchments.
www.languageinindia.com /jan2007/mridangam.html   (2876 words)

  
 PALGHAT MRIDANGAM MANI IYER
After playing for a little while, Sri Viswanatha Iyer called Mani (who was keenly listening in the audience), to the stage and gave him the mridangam to continue for the rest of the katha, which, of course, he did to the appreciation of one and all.
It was indeed thrilling to recapitulate the scintillating performance of these two laya giants in those days, unrivalled for their majesty in play, uncanny anticipation, and unsurpassed harmony and speed, sound effects, combination dovetailing as it were one into the other.
He arranged and supervised making of his own experiments in the construction of the mridangam and spent a great deal of his time, energy and money to see that he obtained the correct tone mridangam to suit the tune and voice and sruthi of each individual artiste he accompanied.
www.geocities.com /~maniiyer/impressions/babusir.htm   (1681 words)

  
 Dr.Gift Siromoney's Home Page
Mridangam is a harmonic drum used in classical Indian music and a variety of tones can be produced from a single instrument.
The method used for recognition of mridangam mnemonics is an adaptation of a method recently developed by the authors for the recognition of all Tamil characters.
If one wishes to analyze any sample of mridangam words with the aid of a computer, the normal procedure will be to code the different sound words and transfer the data on to punch cards and feed the cards with a suitable program into a computer.
www.cmi.ac.in /gift/Music/musi_mridangam.htm   (2385 words)

  
 The Mridangam
The Mridangam is the primary percussion instrument of South Indian classical (Carnatic) music and dance.   It is a double-ended drum which is played with both hands.
Mridangams are made in two basic sizes, known as male and female (the larger is used for accompanying male vocalists and most instruments, the smaller for female vocalists).
Both heads of the Mridangam are made of several layers held together by a tight lacing.  The lacing also acts as the point of attachment for the strap which holds both heads to the body.
www.mridangam.com /mrdangam.html   (473 words)

  
 Webindia123.com-Musical Instruments-Mridanga
The mridangam is hollowed out of a block of wood and is about 60cm in length.
The center of the right side has a permanent coating of a fl substance called siyahi (or soru, karanai and marundu) which is a mixture of boiled rice, manganese dust, iron filings and other substances.
In the south, the mridangam is the only drum used in classical music recitals except in Nagaswaram recitals.
www.webindia123.com /music/instru/mridanga.htm   (358 words)

  
 Carnatic Music Turns Me On
The mridangam is played primarily by using the index, middle, ring and small fingers of both hands while the thumb finger is used as a support element.
The origin of mridangam goes back to the Indian mythologies wherein it is stated that Lord Nandi (the Bull God), who was the escort of Lord Shiva was a master percussionist and used to play the mridangam during the performance of the " Taandav " dance by Lord Shiva.
The mridangam artist is an expert at keeping the taaLam correctly and will often indicate the samam of the taaLam or the beginning of a musical phrase by movement in addition to showing the sequence of beats.
ajsriram.blogspot.com   (7065 words)

  
 Events - Vol. III May - June 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Discussing the origin of Mridangam, she said, a small drum called "Dhakka" or "Damaru" in the hands of Nataraja, the cosmic dancer, is the one, which maintains rhythm in the whole of eternity.
Mridangam was more popular as an accompanying percussion instrument to music and dance because of its musical tone.
Over the years, the highly evolved method of its design and construction has enabled the instrument to give out harmonic overtones, that is suitable for chamber music and this tonal quality has elevated the instrument to the status of a sophisticated concert drum.
ignca.nic.in /nl002103.htm   (1759 words)

  
 Palani Subramania Pillai
It is said that each century throws up a handful of great artists in different fields who are path breakers and set new standards in their respective domains; they are the ones who become role models for others in their profession and whose achievements outlive their own life times and influence many generations that follow.
Palani's mridangam artistry used to be compared to "Panchamrita" by musicians who were fortunate enough to be accompanied by him in their concerts as well as by his vast audience.
The Mridangam has two sides, the right side(left for southpaws) being the one tuned to the basic Tonic and the left(right for southpaws) for free Sruti and provides the four bass strokes.
www.vidvan.com /musician/palani/index.htm   (2655 words)

  
 The Vina is one of the most important instruments of South India
Construction: The mridangam that is used today is made of a single block of wood that has been hollowed out.
Posture: The larger the mridangam, the lower the pitch and vice-versa.
The lower-pitched mridangams are known as taggu sruti mridangam (usually range from C to E) and the higher-pitched mridangams are known as hecchu sruti mridangam (usually between F and G sharp) in Tamil.
www.carnatica.net /sangeet/mridangam.htm   (394 words)

  
 MIDI Mridangam
A mixture of manganese dust, boiled rice, and tamarind juice is worked on to the right head of the mridangam in order to increase the pitch of the note.
Suggested substitutions: If mridangam samples are not available, samples of tabla fundamentals and harmonics may be adapted, or try mixing sampled string harmonics with a conga sample.
The left head of the mridangam is left bare, but when it is played, a mixture of boiled rice, water and ashes is put in the center.
www.ancient-future.com /indiamap.html   (429 words)

  
 Mridangam   (Site not responding. Last check: )
For every sound produced by the mridangam, there is a corresponding syllable.
A mixture of manganese dust, boiled rice and tamarind juice is worked on to the right head of the mridangam in order to increase the pitch of the note.
The left head of the mridangam is left bare, but when it is played, a mixture of semolina and water is applied to the center.
www.dpo.uab.edu /~raju/Mridangam.html   (145 words)

  
 MusicalNirvana - Mridanga
The mridangam is the instrument used in Carnatic music to maintain the 'thala' or rhythm of the recital.
The Left Head: The left head of the mridangam is left bare, but when it is played, a mixture of pounded raw rice and water is applied to the center.
The Mridangam is the main rhythm instrument of Carnatic music music with ghatam.
www.musicalnirvana.com /instruments/mridangam.html   (214 words)

  
 Nateschwara - Dance and Music Academy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Indian monarch among percussion instruments - the Mridangam is first ‘tuned’ to the appropriate pitch and far more than drum beat, it 'accompanies' the Music.
The fingering technique is a very important consideration in a discussion pertaining to Mridangam.
The Mridangam has a balance between the powerful and delicate techniques.
www.nateschwara.org /kurs4_mridangam.asp?strLanguage=E   (304 words)

  
 TrekEarth | Mridangam's walla Photo
In ancient Hindu sculpture, painting, and mythology, the mridangam is often depicted as the instrument of choice for a number of deities including Lord Nandi (the Bull God) and Lord Ganesha (the Elephant-Headed God).
Nandi was the escort and companion of Lord Shiva, and is said to have played the mridangam during Shiva's arcane Tandava dance, causing a divine rhythm to resound across the heavens.
Over the years, the mridangam evolved to be made of different kinds of wood due to its increased durability, and today, its body is constructed from wood of the jackfruit tree.
www.trekearth.com /gallery/Asia/India/photo453384.htm   (515 words)

  
 Classes at the Temple
In ancient Hindu sculpture, painting, and mythology, the mridangam is often depicted as the instrument of choice for a number of deities including Lord Nandi (the Bull God) and Lord Ganesha (the Elephant-Headed God).
Nandi was the escort and companion of Lord Shiva, and is said to have played the mridangam during Shiva's arcane Tandava dance, causing a divine rhythm to resound across the heavens.
Over the years, the mridangam evolved to be made of different kinds of wood due to its increased durability, and today, its body is constructed from wood of the jackfruit tree.
www.hindumandirmn.org /classes.html   (270 words)

  
 Yella Venkateswara Rao
He elevated the status of the percussion instrument, mridangam, from a mere accompaniment for vocal music or for instruments like violin, veena, sitar etc. to that of an independent instrument with a place of its own on the music firmament.
The "Yella International Institute of Mridangam and other percussion instruments" is a gurukula style institution where students from different parts of the country and from abroad learn the instrument.
Adding human face to music is yet another achievement of this mridangam maestro is his research on mridangam therapy for the mentally retarded, which is first of its kind and has yielded positive results.
www.salivahana.com /yella.htm   (784 words)

  
 DesiJournal.com - My Old Mridangam   (Site not responding. Last check: )
But there were days, a lot of them, when my master wore a look of strain on his face, as though battling the urge to batter my head against the mridangam, in the hope that my ringing skull might produce a semblance of melody.
Moreover, I was bored to death of it.
The mridangam was rotting now, although it had lasted all my banging for years, with only a scratch here and there to show for it.
www.desijournal.com /article.asp?articleId=244   (884 words)

  
 Mridangam player's Guinness record
Noted mridangam player Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan has won a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for his 36-hour marathon performance in Palakkad in July.
Guinness World Records, London, has sent him the certificate saying that he is the 'keeper of a record' for his non-stop performance at Palakkad on July 24 and 25, Ramakrishnan said.
More than the personal recognition, mridangam, which is an important instrument in south Indian classical music, has won a mention in the Guinness," Ramakrishnan said.
www.chennaionline.com /music/Carnaticmusic/2004/10ramakrishnan.asp   (190 words)

  
 Mridangam
Mridangam is a South Indian version of the pakhawaj.
Since the instrument is very heavy it is also cushioned by some rolled up cloth placed at the right foot.
The mridangam is an indispensable component of the south Indian classical performance.
chandrakantha.com /articles/indian_music/mridangam.html   (314 words)

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