Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu launched a monograph, ‘Musical Excellence of Mridangam’, a uncommon fusion of artwork and science of an historical South Indian instrument on the CSIR-Central Leather-based Analysis Institute (CLRI) campus in Chennai on Tuesday.
The ebook, an final result of analysis and growth on standardisation of fabrication, tonal characterisation and new improvements in design of the percussion instrument, was authored by mridangam maestro and Padma Vibhushan awardee Umayalpuram Ok. Sivaraman and former scientists T. Ramasami (former Secretary of the Division of Science and Know-how) and M.D. Naresh.
Strategies and supplies
The monograph traces the varied strategies and supplies used within the making of the instrument and analyses them. Umayalpuram Ok. Sivaraman had contacted the CLRI a number of years in the past to undertake a collaborative scientific analysis on the instrument.
Appreciating the contributors to the monograph, the Vice-President termed it a “seamless fusion of arts and science”, which additionally paid a tribute to the civilisational legacy of the nation. Mr. Naidu additionally emphasised the necessity to shield the nation’s tradition and civilisation.
“The monograph bears ample evidence of its intent and responsible societal action. Mridangam is an instrument made with ordinary and locally available materials, but exhibits musical beauty,” he mentioned.
‘An essential instrument’
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, in his deal with mentioned: “The mridangam is as essential to a Carnatic music recital as the tabla is to a Hindustani musical programme and the Pakhwaj to a Dhrupad classical recital. The research monograph on the ‘Musical Excellence of Mridangam’ being launched today is the result of collaboration between an artiste and scientists.” State Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar mentioned it was a celebration of the collaboration of science and humanities in Chennai.
N. Murali, president, The Music Academy, Chennai and Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Restricted mentioned: “Research on mridangam so far has mainly been on the techniques of mridangam playing and the art itself, and barely on the methods and the materials of constructing a mridangam,” which the monograph speaks about.
Speaking concerning the supplies used within the instrument and the way they have been regionally obtainable, Mr. Murali mentioned he had a powerful feeling that our traditions even have a powerful scientific foundation. “This is one of the early path-breaking attempt in marrying tradition with an artisanal craft and modern science.” Director of CSIR-CLRI Santosh Kapuria and outstanding Carnatic singer Geetha Rajashekar have been current.