Online Foundation Course In Mridangam

Learn the basics of Mridangam in a self-paced, three-month course

Introduction to Mridangam

In the South Indian or Carnatic form of music, the Mridangam is considered to be the main percussion instrument. A common companion of vocalists, and Indian dance styles, the Mridangam has a distinct style and rhythm. There are around six distinct kinds of strokes that are combined to create a unique rhythmic language of music.

About the course

You will learn the basics of Carnatic music theory, understand the rhythm behind the Indian percussion instruments, and learn Aadhi thalam (one of the most popular rhythms in Carnatic music). At the end of the course, you will learn to perform a short solo piece in Aadhi thalam on the Mridangam.

Format

The self-paced three-month course is designed to teach you the basic rhythms of the Mridangam. You will have access to:

  • 16 recorded sessions
  • 10 practice videos 

Level: Beginner

Benefits

  • The basics of Mridangam 
  • The rhythms of the Mridangam, including Thisra (3 beats), Chathusra (4 beats), and Kanta (5 beats) in Aadhi thalam 
  • Some korvais (rhythmic patterns) in Aadhi thalam  
  • A short solo piece in Aadhi thalam on the Mridangam. 
  • The finer points of a jugalbandi with accompanying instruments and vocals
  • A certificate of completion

Know your teacher

Dr. Arvind Anil

Dr. Arvind Anil is a celebrated Mridangam artist. He wears many hats as he is an Ayurvedic doctor by profession and a musician by passion. He has been trained in Mridangam for five years under the tutelage of Sri Muttara N Rajendran and has been practicing Mridangam for the last 10 years. He also received training in Carnatic Classical Vocals for eight years under Smt. Jyoti Balan. Dr Arvind and accompanied artists such as Padma Vibhushan late Pandit Jasraj, Veena Vidwan A. Ananthapadmanabhan, Sudeep Rai, Phani Narayanan, Sudha Ranjith and many more. Dr. Arvind is adept at other percussion instruments like the Darbuka, Djembe and Cajon.

Know your teacher

Dr. Arvind Anil

Dr. Arvind Anil is a celebrated Mridangam artist. He wears many hats as he is an Ayurvedic doctor by profession and a musician by passion. He has been trained in Mridangam for five years under the tutelage of Sri Muttara N Rajendran and has been practicing Mridangam for the last 10 years. He also received training in Carnatic Classical Vocals for eight years under Smt. Jyoti Balan. Dr Arvind and accompanied artists such as Padma Vibhushan late Pandit Jasraj, Veena Vidwan A. Ananthapadmanabhan, Sudeep Rai, Phani Narayanan, Sudha Ranjith and many more. Dr. Arvind is adept at other percussion instruments like the Darbuka, Djembe and Cajon.

Artists share their experiences

“It was an honor to perform Kathak under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj and team. So grateful for this opportunity when you find an audience of more than 2.5 lakh applauding you.”
Manita Gauba, 38
“It was like a dream to perform on that magnificent floating stage, in front of such a mammoth audience. I was a part of Cosmic Rythym - a yoga dance, at the World Culture Festival 2016. There were many hitches before going in for the finale. But, in the finale, it was perfect.”
Jayashree Prabhakar, 50
“We had started practicing ahead of the grand event. The entire Gujarat team was preparing for traditional Garba. It was a visual treat to see 1500 Garba dancers performing together. The performance was received with a standing ovation. I loved it.”
Ronak Pala, 32