mridanga

mridanga

[mree-dahng-guh]
noun
an ancient drum of India shaped like a long conical barrel with two tuned heads of different sizes.
Also, mridangam [mree-dahng-guhm] .


Origin:
1885–1900

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mridanga

two-headedtwo-headed drum played in the classical music of South India. It is made of wood in an angular barrel shape, having an outline like an elongated hexagon. Thong hoops around each end of the drum, leather thong lacing, and small wooden dowels slipped under the lacings control the skin tension

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