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The Mridangam is a two-headed drum that is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in all Carnatic or South Indian Classical music performance. A very ancient instrument referenced in sculptures and epics of India thousands of years ago, Mridangam and the art of playing the instrument have evaloved highly over the centuries.
Kulintang Music of the Philippines is an ancient ensemble musical form usually recognized by the use of knobbed gongs made of bronze or brass. The ensemble can include the kulintang, a set of gongs laid in a row according to pitch upon a stand; hanging gongs known as agung and…
Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. Though the instrument itself can be traced back thousands of years, the art form of ensemble drumming, Kumidaiko, started in Japan in the 1950s and made its way to North America in the late 1960s, entering through the Japanese American communities of San…
The mridangam, a South Indian classical or Carnatic percussion is one of the world’s oldest, most complex and versatile drums. A pitched hand drum with both rhythmic and melodic qualities that dates back to over 2000 years. The mridangam is utilized in Carnatic music ensembles providing rhythmic cycles and structure…
Seungmu is a highly represented Korean traditional dance form that has roots that go back 500 years. The choreography that demonstrates intense expressions of joy and sorrows includes intricate yet calm movement. This reflects the journey of relieving heavy karma, leaving the secular world, and finally reaching nirvana. Performed as…
Bomba, Puerto Rico’s oldest art form, originated in the 17th century as a form of communication, rebellion, and relief by enslaved Africans on the coastal sugar cane plantations of the island. Bomba is a result from Spanish colonization, which brought African as slaves to work plantations. The resiliency of the…
Thuluth, the most important script in traditional Arabic calligraphy (Islamic calligraphy), was developed in the 11th century. It is a large and elegant, cursive script, used in medieval times as architectural adornment, as well as for inscribing various texts and manuscripts. The unique capacity of the Thuluth style in creating…
Carnatic music originated in South India from the ancient classical music system that is traced back to the Vedic age. Carnatic music is characterized by a well-structured system of swaras (successive steps/notes of an octave), raagas (melodic modes), kriti (musical compositions with lyrics). A unique feature is the concept of…
The derbekki is a hand drum that is played throughout the Middle East. Its name and use varies from region to region, each place contributing to the overall repertoire of traditional Middle Eastern percussion. The derbekki is utilized in classical, folk, and popular styles, and accompanies instrumental music, as well…