LEARN MRIDANGAM ONLINE
Learn to play the musical mridangam drums in a personalized and specially tailored class structure. Each student can learn on their own learning pace from some of most sought after mridangam artist performers. Study the mridangam in a formalized, organized and consistent approach through the time-tested and unique teaching methodology of Guru T.H. Subash Chandran. World renowned teacher, percussionist and composer, Sri. Subash Chandran has created an optimal set of lessons that form the building blocks for students of the arts to learn Indian percussion. We accept students who want to study in a formal Carnatic arts pedagogy as well as musicians from other genres who are interested in adding a new perspective to their respective artforms. The goal of this institution is to spread this beautiful art with a strong emphasis on music theory, practice and non-linear knowledge sharing. We now also conduct monthly workshops with renowned percussionists so students can better understand, appreciate and gain interactive access to the artistic journey. If you would like to sit-in on one of these future sessions, send us a note in the form below.
For face-to-face or online lessons with our teaching team, drop us a message here else submit your request in the form below. To download class notation as well as audios of the mridangam exercises, click here.
LEVELS OF TRAINING:
Beginner Mridangam: Learn the fundamentals of mridangam playing techniques. Fundamentals are the most important in any form musical instrument and we will cover it all. Learn to play your first full taniavarthanam compositions in Adi Talam, Rupaka Talam, Misra Chapu Talam and Kanda Chapu Talam as well being introduced to Carnatic layam and music theory. Introductions to the thalams as well has how to keep time while reciting lessons. Get in touch.
Intermediate Mridangam: Build on the fundamentals and learn longer compositions, techniques and strategies for playing. This phase will focus on the four fundamental talams but with more depth and an emphasis on honing layam as well as kaalapramanam. Students will start to understand a bit more about rhythms used for playing for songs as well as will work on technical skills of comprehending and absorbing Carnatic rhythms. Korvais and the use of rests will play a fundamental role in shaping the students abilities to improve their fundamentals. Students will be introduced to the concept of nadais - Chaturasram, Tisram, Kandam and Misram. They will learn full thaniavarthanams in the fundamental thalams incorporating nadai concepts. Introduction to the logic behind korvais, compositions and how to listen for these concepts. In this stage, the student will also be introduced to playing for basic songs and more theory concepts. Get in touch.
Advanced Mridangam: The focus in this phase will start to shift more on song accompaniment and listening exercises. Students will be introduced to the types of compositions in Carnatic music and will learn to develop an intuition on how to accompany such songs. Simultaneously, a strong focus on specialized sollus will be introduced. Techniques that are very special to the Thanjavur tradition of mridangam playing as well as the rare sollu-based style of of Guru T.H. Subash Chandran will be shared. Students will be doing a lot of analytical thinking, practicing and listening in this phase of their journey. How to listen to songs, what to listen for, and how to keep developing an intuition for music in general. Students will be moulded and shaped to think about Carnatic music and the culture surrounding it, but will also be encouraged look at the world of arts beyond this space. Students will be encouraged to think about their own identity in this ecosystem and with introspection as well as exposure to experiencing live performance. We strongly believe that music is a form of expression, so we will do our best to explore art with the learner in this phase to allow them to mature and grow as artists, individuals and human beings. Get in touch.