K, I remember having written more than once in this forum, about the fact that mridangam and kanjira vidwans were always looked down upon by TRUE brahmins, including vocalists, as impure. In fact, my parents used to recollect an era when the vocalist and violinist would not eat in the same "panthi" (batch); similarly, a mridangam/kanjira vidwan's son/daughter was never accepted for marriage by true blue brahmins. Possibly DKP was the first to break this taboo and marry into PMI's family. I don't know, but.
............i think, my last statement on the post (which if the public has not already read, may not have a chance to read, unless they have instant messaging to their email, and if you do, kindly do not post it back here), was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back..........
K, I just don't understand the reason for your self-censorship. First, I didn't see anything critical in the Outlook article, it was a very informative one and a well written one as well.
Besides, the article is already out in a widely read publication. So, if that article was going to do any damage, you deleting the link here cannot mitigate it in anyway, all it would do is make some of our members why may not have seen the article, a little less informed.
Sorry K if you think I am making mountain out of a molehill.
Folks, I am a confirmed vegetarian, bordering on being vegan but for my dear wife to whom I am indebted more than my chosen vegan forthrightness.
But, science, the only source of rational knowledge, assures us that we are who we are because our fore-parents, really really old fore-parents, were NVs. Not just NVs, but scavengers, feasting on the leftover scraps of meat sticking to bones of abandoned carcasses and the leftover bone marrow. The brain of our species grew larger and allowed us to be the most successful species on earth because our fore-parents had a taste for NV.
I get nauseous at the sight of meat or at the thought of breaking raw egg, but that is because I was brought up that way, not because humans were naturally averse to NV. To me, unnecessary cruelty is what is objectionable, not slaughtering domestic animals for meat.
If the life of a cow gives rise to beautiful music, I say the cow gave its life for a cause greater than itself compared to the life of a Brahminist, a follower of Brahminism, not necessarily a Brahmin, that left nothing but misery to others who lived along its side.
That means no more Mridangams and Mridangists?I will therefore like to assert that the mridangists may switch over to the rhythm pad and scientists and engineers improve the rhythm pad so that it produces a sound as close to a beautiful and ideal mridangam over the range of sruthis usually handled.
I heard a veena concert of Smt. Jayanthi Kumaresh with the rhythm pad as accompaniment.......
I will therefore like to assert that the mridangists may switch over to the rhythm pad and scientists and engineers improve the rhythm pad so that it produces a sound as close to a beautiful and ideal mridangam over the range of sruthis usually handled.
Just a few links - how the technology may help
from Georgia Tech: (Here machine improvises the human person playing mridangam by listening) Dangum performed by Jagadeeswaran Jayaprakash (mrdangam) and Alex Rae (electronics) at Listening Machines 2008. Dangum is a duet between improvised mrdangam and a machine improviser, that 'listens" and generates responses in realtime. This work was done at the Georgia Tech Music Intelligence Group (paragchordia.com ) Dangum at Listening Machines 2008 (Parag Chordia) GTMIG on Vimeo
http://vimeo.com/1725961Slow Theka at Listening Machines Concert 2008
I could collect some more information about Fiberglass "Balarama" Mridanga:
A mridanga is a traditional Bengali clay drum, used to accompany devotional bhajans and kirtans. Very intricate
rhythms can be performed by the expert players. This mridanga has a body made of high quality fiberglass and is
unbreakable, unlike clay. All the other parts, including heads, bumpers and straps can be replaced. The drum can
last a lifetime. Includes a tuning key. Limited supply, handmade in USA.
Comes in 4 colors: red, yellow, blue and white.
.....BTW, how do you insert image on the body of the post?
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