- Regular, Flexi & Intensive programs
Mridangam programs are Indian percussion training courses that take you through a
detailed study of everything pertaining to the proper techniques of playing Mridangam
right from the sitting posture and holding the instrument to the use of hands, fingers and
the aesthetic and creative minds to play the divine instrument.
The basic lessons
generally contain drum syllables set to Adi talam, which is nothing but an 8-beat cycle of
a steady rhythmic structure. This course is meant for all ages who are able to handle this
Students are taught appropriate limb/finger movements, use of wrist action, developing
'muscle-memory', significance of balance and coordination, hard/soft
touch, sound-sensitivity and many more aspects.
The Regular course leads to examination (not compulsory) at 3 levels, Standard,
Intermediate and Advanced. It prepares a student to develop performing skills as a
Mridangam player mainly for solo performances, ensemble and as an accompaniment for
concerts; the student may also apply the skills easily to become a percussionist for dance
performances. The examination leads to certification.
alapana Mridangam classes are also offered as an ancillary subject in order to prepare
a student of the other core classes such as Vocal, Veena, Violin or any other music
subject and also for dance students.
Though these classes are predominantly performance-oriented, necessary theory elements
are also included.
Guru(Instructor): Mr V.Raghuraman