What you will learn with Carnatic Mridangam Classes

SaPa Mridangam 1

Introduction to parts of the mridangam

How to play basic notes

Familiarising yourself with beats

Playing farans and moras

Practising finger exercises

Playing in different speeds

Playing korvais

Reading notation

Playing nottuswarams

Online textbooks available for purchase with the swara and sahitya and 'Listen & Repeat' and 'Singalong' recordings

*More advanced Carnatic mridangam classes are available for advanced learners on request

How does it work?

  1. Click on Book now.
  2. You will be directed to fill a form with your details. Please fill this and click on Submit. A SaPa educator will get in touch with you to schedule your first class.
  3. After understanding your requirements, our expert will recommend a suitable learning level for you/your child.
  4. Fix class timings that are suitable for you and attend your first class.
  5. Pay only if you like the first class. If you are satisfied, welcome to a rewarding journey towards becoming a Carnatic mridangam player.

Who can learn?

Anyone with interest in mridangam...

Age no bar!

Complete beginners are most welcome!

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Benefits of learning the Carnatic Mridangam

Increases coordination

Elevates mood

Improves ambidextrousness

Enhances self-expression

Improves memory

Relieves stress

What our students are saying

I really like to learn songs quickly. I like that my teacher knows me really well and always makes sure I'm learning at a pace that keeps me excited. She makes sure to send me recordings and karaoke tracks so I can practise well during the week before my next class

- Aatmika, age 11, student

It's nice to see my daughter enjoying herself while also practising consistently. She gets individual attention and feedback from her teacher, which helps her.

- Nisha, SaPa Parent

About Carnatic Music

Till the 13th century, India had one common music system from the North to the South of the country. After this period, Indian music had influences from Arabian and Persian culture with which Hindustani music developed in the North - while the music that developed along the original lines of the old Indian classical music and flourished predominantly in the South came to be known as Carnatic music.

Carnatic music has become immensely popular not just in India but the world over. You can get a sense of this in The Chennai Music Season with its packed halls and sabhas, where you will see a crowd of NRIs who specially plan their vacations to coincide with this season! Such is the interest generated by this festival! Carnatic singers and musicians are also actively solicited for international concerts in several parts of the world. A true testament to the respect and admiration commanded by these skilled artistes.

The rich history, technicalities, and unique aspects (such as gamakas), of Carnatic music have made it more than just a form of music, it has become a means to understand the evolving face of India. Explore it with mridangam LIVE classes!

About the Carnatic Mridangam

Mridangam gets its name from 'mrit' meaning 'mud/clay' and 'ang' meaning 'limb/body part'. While the earliest instruments were made of clay, today, the mridangam is made from one hollow piece of wood.

It is amazing that a body of clay in the shape of a barrel with two faces (made of goatskin) can produce such a variety of sounds and influence moods and emotions as the mridangam does! The faces of this percussion instrument have laces strapped along the length of the drum that connects them. The two faces are of different sizes and this enables the mridangam player to produce both bass and treble sounds on the instrument.

Traditionally part of the accompaniment, and a great one at that, if you want to collaborate with other musicians, the mridangam has now become an element of interest as a solo instrument as well. Come and take part in this beautiful journey with mridangam lessons!

Interesting facts you didn't know about the mridangam

  • A professional mridangam player has several mridangams, each tuned to different pitches as required.
  • Mridangam craftsmen make mridangams according to the shruti (pitch) required by the player.
  • The left side of the mridangam is usually tuned an octave lower than the right side.
  • The Hindustani equivalent is called the pakhawaj. It is slightly longer than the mridangam.

Why SaPa Music Classes?

  1. One-on-one classes - Get individual ATTENTION & learn at a pace that suits you - you are the star of the class!
  2. Learn at any age - Age is not a factor. NOW is the perfect time to join mridangam classes!
  3. Lessons by professional musicians - Let SaPa’s performing educators share their wealth of KNOWLEDGE with you.
  4. Structured & standardised syllabus - Get the benefit of CUSTOMISED textbooks with unique exercises that enable you to learn the mridangam thoroughly.
  5. Flexible timings - CHOOSE a time that suits you.
  6. Student showcase - You could perform to approximately 3 lakh people as we feature select performances on our Social Media pages.
  7. Specialised Training - SaPa’s mridangam classes cater to students who want to CERTIFY themselves & those who just want to LEARN!

What do you need?

Any device with audio and video facilities, a good internet connection, a mridangam, electronic tambura or tambura app, tala meter or metronome app

About SaPa

SaPa, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, started in 2007 is the home for great music and musicians. Guided by the vision of our founders, legendary musicians Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and ably led by singer-songwriter Bindu Subramaniam and violinist Ambi Subramaniam, SaPa has a strong legacy of excellence in Carnatic and global music.

Here at SaPa, we believe in 'learning through fun'. We have exciting, interactive elements in all our lessons, and ensure that students bring their musical vision to life while also having a great time.

I still have some more questions

The mridangam classes are developed in-house, and cater to students of all ages and musical backgrounds. The curriculum of the classes includes both theoretical and practical elements of Indian classical music. We acquaint you with the parts of the mridangam and the posture as well as basic concepts of Carnatic music. You will then learn notes and exercises in a systematic and progressive manner that will give you a solid foundation in technique.

At SaPa, we teach you how to read notations and symbols of Carnatic music as well. We also have textbooks with audio material so you can refer to the songs at a later stage.

The registration is only for the classes; you are welcome to purchase the textbooks here.

At SaPa, we make a special effort to give importance to each instrument and vocal class by customising textbooks for each class. This helps address the specific requirements of each instrument and type of music. In these textbooks, you will find in-house compositions and special techniques learnt from years of experience and practice as well as tips that will make learning simpler and more fun-filled!

Our process ensures that you are assigned a specific teacher based on your conversation with our SaPa expert. We will then connect you with the appropriate educator for your mridangam live classes, based on our assessment of your requirement. Don’t worry, all our educators are simply brilliant and love to teach!

Given the situation, we have had to organise online mridangam classes along with other music courses - like everyone else. Keeping in mind that the world is opening up, we are also in the process of making suitable arrangements to open our centres while ensuring safety, effectiveness, and convenience of the classes.

Till such time, our online classes have been a big hit with our students. Full credit to SaPa’s educators who made students feel quite at home in both formats. After all, our motto is ‘Enjoying while learning’, so prepare to have a ball - online or offline!

Once you sign up for the Carnatic mridangam classes, we will share your phone number with our educator. These classes will then be scheduled on a suitable platform like Zoom as per the time slots you choose.

It is always advisable to maintain the discipline of classes, as they are scheduled, for the sake of continuity as well as preparedness. However, we do accommodate requests for rescheduling classes when there are emergencies. We would request that, if possible, you reschedule classes 24 hours in advance.

Fortunately, there is no such thing as being too old to learn the mridangam! Book a call with SaPa’s educator to see the world of possibilities before you! We can take it forward from there. :)

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