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Low (thoppi) mridangam head. The mridangam has two opposing heads, low (thoppi) and pitched (valanthalai). Sliver-thin reeds are inserted between the two layers of the pitched head to create a distinct, buzzed sound. A small dough paste is traditionally applied on the outside center of the bass head to achieve a low bass tone.

Low (thoppi) mridangam head. The mridangam has two opposing heads, low (thoppi) and pitched (valanthalai). Sliver-thin reeds are inserted between the two layers of the pitched head to create a distinct, buzzed sound. A small dough paste is traditionally applied on the outside center of the bass head to achieve a low bass tone.

Putty for bass mridangam head. 10 Grams of putty for the Thoppi (left) head of the mridangam. The putty is selected to create a pleasing Bass sound when applied to the center of the left head.

banjira Mridangam Replacement Cover

The outside over is made of velveteen in a Blue color with gold ribbon accent. The inside is black nylon material. The cover measurement approx. 37" X 17" with three 5 1/2 inch velcro strips for closure to allow some adjustments.

Sheesham wooden stick (also called Pullu) for tuning the Mridangam. The wooden stick is for holding it against the Mridangam head and tapping it with a stone to adjust the pitch.

Item overall length is 4 5/8 inches.

Pitched (valanthalai) mridangam head. The mridangam has two opposing heads, bass (thoppi) and pitched (valanthalai). Sliver-thin reeds are inserted between the two layers of the pitched head to create a distinct, buzzed sound. A small dough paste is traditionally applied on the outside center of the bass head to achieve a low bass tone.

Pitched (valanthalai) mridangam head. The mridangam has two opposing heads, bass (thoppi) and pitched (valanthalai). Sliver-thin reeds are inserted between the two layers of the pitched head to create a distinct, buzzed sound. A small dough paste is traditionally applied on the outside center of the bass head to achieve a low bass tone.

RohanRhythm carrying case for high pitch mridangam featuring a velcro handle and a detachable shoulder strap. Inside measurements: 22" X 11" X 11"

The Mridangam is one of the most ancient and popular hand drums from India. It is the principal percussion instrument in South Indian classical Carnatic music. The mridangam has two drumheads: bass (thoppi) and pitched (valanthalai). Overall length is approximately 22-24 inches; the bass head is 7 1/2 - 8 3/4 inches in diameter and the pitched head is 6 1/4 - 7 1/2 inches in diameter. The shell is made of jackwood. It functions as a solo instrument, as well as the primary percussion instrument in vocal and instrumental ensembles. Sliver-thin reeds are inserted between the two layers of the pitched head to create a distinct, buzzed sound. When played, the drum is held horizontally, and played with the fingers and palms.

The new RohanRhythm tuneable mridangam combines traditional strapping with a convenient nut-and-bolt system of fastening. The design has many advantages over the traditional design:

- Easy tuning with a wrench
- Pitch range of up to five whole steps (C to A) compared to +/- 1 whole step with the traditional instrument
- Easy head replacement
- Independent tuning of the drumheads
- Weaved rope retains traditional elegance of the through-and-through strapping
- No sharp hooks to impede performance

For more information on the design, visit Rohan Krishnamurthy's website.

The Mridangam is one of the most ancient and popular hand drums from India. It is the principal percussion instrument in South Indian classical Carnatic music. The mridangam has two drumheads: bass (thoppi) and pitched (valanthalai). Overall length is approximately 22-24 inches; the bass head is 7 1/2 - 8 3/4 inches in diameter and the pitched head is 6 1/4 - 7 1/2 inches in diameter. The shell is made of jackwood. It functions as a solo instrument, as well as the primary percussion instrument in vocal and instrumental ensembles. Sliver-thin reeds are inserted between the two layers of the pitched head to create a distinct, buzzed sound. When played, the drum is held horizontally, and played with the fingers and palms.

The new RohanRhythm tuneable mridangam combines traditional strapping with a convenient nut-and-bolt system of fastening. The design has many advantages over the traditional design:

- Easy tuning with a wrench
- Pitch range of up to five whole steps (C to A) compared to +/- 1 whole step with the traditional instrument
- Easy head replacement
- Independent tuning of the drumheads
- Weaved rope retains traditional elegance of the through-and-through strapping
- No sharp hooks to impede performance

For more information on the design, visit Rohan Krishnamurthy's website.

Low (thoppi) mridangam head. The mridangam has two opposing heads, low (thoppi) and pitched (valanthalai). Sliver-thin reeds are inserted between the two layers of the pitched head to create a distinct, buzzed sound. A small dough paste is traditionally applied on the outside center of the bass head to achieve a low bass tone.

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