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I Kid You Not #7 | The art of Indian percussion

Four gurus break it down without skipping a beat

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Published: 28 May 2021


Time taken : >15mins

So it's important for young people to learn, because to be curious is a very good thing. It will help us know more about different cultures and their music and their rhythms.

In this episode, Dhruv and Siddhant make up team tabla, while Rithvik and Sriramanan (Sri, for short) pair up for the mridangam. Both ancient hand drums are rooted in Indian culture but what is the difference and why does it matter? Four mini gurus will take you through the drums’ distinct folk origins, and explain the differences between both drums. For instance, these drums actually represent two main schools of Indian classical music: the tabla for the Hindustani style of the North, the mridangam for the Carnatic music of the South. They will demystify the techniques they use, show you the basics and clear some of those misconceptions before ending with a short demonstration—all without missing a beat.

Tabla
Dhruv Khurana
Siddhant Ananthanarayanan

Mridangam
Rithvik Ganesh
Sriramanan Sathish Kumar

Through the music and instruments of varied cultures and traditions, kids understand more about people who come from different backgrounds, while reconnecting with their own roots. This opens their minds from a young age, showing them the unique ways in which others might see the world. As they grow up, the kids are able to observe and appreciate different points of view, allowing them to effectively navigate the diverse world we live in.

Acknowledgement by:

Special thanks to the adult gurus

Guru Mihir Kundu, SIFAS (Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society)
Mr Vighnesh Iyer, Beej Academy
Nawaz Mirajkar, Temple of Fine Arts


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