Mridangam

Mridangam

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One of India’s most ancient drums, the mridangam (which literally means “body of clay”) originated in South India where it was widely appreciated in courtrooms of kingdoms. To this day, it remains the leading percussion accompaniment for Carnatic music – vocal and instrumental – as well as for all South Indian classical dances.  A double-headed barrel-shaped drum, it is capable of producing an astonishing variety of sounds and tones making it the most lyrical of all Indian percussion instruments. As its name suggests, it used to be made of clay but is now usually made of a single, hollowed-out piece of wood.