A very good concept of stopping cruelty to animals for making mridangams. Research made by Dr K.Varadarangan has produced immaculate result with the incarnation of SRI mridangam. Truly appreciate the efforts he had put in bringing up this engineered product.
I had a chance to play the mridangam and the feel you get is almost similar to the traditional mridangam.
I see lots of advantages in SRI.
- It is maintenance free.
- The membranes used are very soft and the choru/karanai is a permanent fixture.
- The pitch stays unchanged in the varied climatic conditions.
- Tuning seems to be simple by adjusting nuts and accurate pitch can be achieved easily.
- Both heads have smooth edges around which are very soft to the players' palms.
Mridangam is light weight since fibreglass shell is used in SRI. Players may find a bit difficult to hold it on legs as there is a tendency of slipping when you play strong beats. The solution I see is to use a good wrap around for grip (made of cotton cloth, preferably) and use a stand to hold while playing.
I congratulate Dr K.Varadarangan and his team for the wonderful contribution towards the great carnatic music world. Hope SRI would be accepted by musicians all over.
-Anilakkad R Jayakrishnan, Palakkad (Mrudangist)