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The Mridangam is known for its rhythmic capabilities, versatility, and ability to produce a wide range of sounds using fingers and palms to create a variety of rhythmic patterns, known as "konnakol," on the drumheads.
- Rhythmic Sense: Playing the Mridangam involves mastering intricate rhythmic patterns and cycles. Practising and performing with this instrument help develop a strong sense of rhythm and timing.
- Hand-Eye Coordination: Mridangam players use their hands to strike different parts of the drumhead, and each hand plays a distinct role in creating the rhythm. It involves continuous hand movements, finger dexterity, and controlled use of the arms. This enhances hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
- Concentration and Focus: Mastering complex rhythmic compositions on the Mridangam requires deep concentration and focus. Regular practice enhances cognitive abilities and attention span.
- Stress Relief: Like any form of music, playing the Mridangam can serve as a stress-relieving activity. The rhythmic patterns and engagement with the instrument can promote relaxation and reduce stress.
- Promotes Ambidexterity: Playing the Mridangam involves using both hands to produce distinct sounds while coordinating with the rhythmic patterns. This enhances multitasking abilities and brain agility.
- Creativity and Expression: While adhering to the traditional rhythmic patterns, Mridangam players have the opportunity to add their creative flair and improvisation during performances.
- Cultural Connection: The Mridangam is deeply rooted in Indian culture and tradition, especially in classical Carnatic music. Learning to play the instrument provides a profound connection to Indian heritage.
- Teamwork and Collaboration: In traditional Carnatic music concerts, the Mridangam player collaborates with vocalists and other musicians. This encourages teamwork and the ability to complement and support each other's performance.
- Social Engagement: Playing the Mridangam provides opportunities to connect with other musicians, participate in musical gatherings, and engage in the rich music community.
All things sustainable & All things Indian! “Art for the Mind, Movement for the Body, Music for the Soul” Our programs cover Art, Music & Movement as they are the most effective means for children & adults to discover and develop their creative and learning skills. Working with these natural materials in a natural, open-ended and free environment promotes self-learning, the joy of learning, sensory development, fine motor skills, self-esteem, self-expression, problem-solving skills, leadership skills, discipline, broadened perspectives and a sense of acceptance. In addition, art, music & movement have a well-documented therapeutic quality that settles and calms children and adults. We have programs like bouldering, kalarippayattu, yoga, clay & pottery, natural colours, flute, mrudangam, Carnatic vocal music, veena and violin. We are looking for the right people o introduce spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing and carpentry.
1. Please carry your own water bottles 2. Kindly be at the venue 10 mins prior to the class