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mridanga

[mree-dahng-guh] /mriˈdɑŋ gə/
noun
1.
an ancient drum of India shaped like a long conical barrel with two tuned heads of different sizes.
Also, mridangam
[mree-dahng-guh m] /mriˈdɑŋ gəm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1885-1900
1885-1900
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Encyclopedia Article for mridangam

mrdanga

two-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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