Swar Systems
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Mridangam

Mridangam

The Mridangam derives its name from the Sanskrit "Mrid-Ang" ("clay body"). Now made of wood, it is one of the main percussion instruments used in carnatic music.

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Kappi Mridangam

Kappi Mridangam

The Mridangam variety shown above is used mainly for instrumental music. We have also included one type called "Kappi Mridangam", which is used for vocal.

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Ghatam

Ghatam

The Ghatam is a round shaped earthen pot, very much used in classical performances. It allows both very sharp strokes and very low modulations through its mouth.

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Kanjeera

Kanjeera

The Kanjeera is a small round drum covered with goat skin and circled with bells on its wooden body. It is also very much used in classical performances.

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Morsing

Morsing

The Morsing is typical of Carnatic music. It is used here as a very interesting rhythmic instrument. It is common for Morsing to be incorporated in classical items.

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Tavil

Tavil

The Tavil has a round body with two skins wrapped around two large hemp hoops on both sides. It is played with a stick and metal thimbles over the fingers.

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Tamte

Tamte

The Tamte, also called "Tammatai" is a South Indian version of the North Indian Duff. It is a flat circular drum with a skin pulled over, which is played with a stick.

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Udukke

Udukke

The Udukke is a sensitive percussion instrument. Made of wood a quarter metre long, the drumheads are held in position by interlacing cotton threads that can be pulled.

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Dollu

Dollu

The Dollu is a large barrel drum from Karnataka state, which is the main rhythmic instrument of the Dollu Kunitha folk dance from that same region.

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Chende

Chende

The Chende is a hollow cylindrical instrument made from softwood, the ends of which are covered with cowhide. It is the chief accompaniment in Kathakali dance.

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Ghat Singhari

Ghat Singhari

The Ghat Singhari is a peculiar folk instrument with the pot's face covered by a skin parchment, producing comical effect.

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Veena

Veena

The Veena is the traditional instrument of Shri Saraswati (Goddess of Arts). It has 4 main strings, a few others to mark the rhythm and sympathetics that vibrate along.

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Nadaswaram

Nadaswaram

It is believed that the Nadaswaram evolved from the snake charmer's 'Pungi'. It consists of a wooden mouthpiece into which air is blown.

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Konnakol

Konnakol

The Konnakol is the art of reciting the stroke names of rhythmic sequences, that can be very intricate. It is the Carnatic equivalent to Hindusthani Bols.

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Manjeera

Manjeera

The Manjeera or Manjira, also known as Tala, are a small pair of cymbals that are played with the hands to accompany folk or devotional music.

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Tanpura

Tanpura

The Tanpura is a drone stringed instrument, similar in sound to a Sitar being played without fretting any notes. This drone accompanies most classical concerts.

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