Definition of mridangam in English:



  • A barrel-shaped double-headed drum with one head larger than the other, used in southern Indian music.

    ‘Many young South Indians are adept at Carnatic music and can accompany even professional musicians on the mridangam, the ghatam or the violin.’
    • ‘Manuel Industries produces guitars, violins, tabalas, mridangams and Congo drums and deals in keyboards and other imported musical instruments.’
    • ‘Maruthi plays the tabla and the mridangam and also plays Carnatic music on a keyboard.’
    • ‘From vocal music to violin, tabla to mridangam, flute to the rarely learnt harmonium, the school is out to find music in everyone.’
    • ‘He is in eighth standard and loves to play the mridangam and the tabla.’
    • ‘The mridangam and tabla players were excellent as well and none of the musicians tried to overshadow the other.’
    • ‘A full-fledged live orchestra from the triangle area consisting of accomplished musicians on the mridangam, veena, flute, violin and vocal accompanied the dancers.’
    • ‘In order to produce the beats of the tabla, mridangam, chenda or jazz drum, he does not need these instruments, but just his bare hands.’
    • ‘What looked like a mridangam now looked like a solo drum.’
    • ‘The group has an Indian member, B.C. Manjunath, who plays the mridangam.’
    • ‘Students of Carnatic Music pitched in to be the musical soul - singing, playing the mridangam as well as the violin.’
    • ‘They will be accompanied by Kumbakonam Padmanabhan on the mridangam and K.L.N Shastry on the violin.’
    • ‘I have learned tabla and mridangam from a teacher who had come down to Durban not very long ago.’
    • ‘Sitar, sarod and pakhwaj are used to good effect, but use of percussion instruments like tabla and mridangam is minimal.’
    • ‘Every day of the week, Sri Gopalan teaches tabla, mridangam and devotional singing.’
    • ‘The mridangam was played effortlessly by A.R. Balaskandan.’
    • ‘Mr. Gopalakrishna Iyer, who had started learning the mridangam at the age of 30, knew his own limitations as a performer.’
    • ‘There loomed a snag for the organisers and the conductors as they could not pick up a woman percussionist playing the mridangam in the Temple City.’
    • ‘Master Satvik played the mridangam and Master Sarvesh the keyboards.’
    • ‘The variations in the pitch were brought out well to the fast beat of the mridangam.’



/mriˈdäNGɡəm/ /mrɪˈdɑŋɡəm/


Late 19th century Tamil alteration of Sanskrit mṛdaṇga.