Korambu Mridanga Kalari

Korambu Mridanga Kalari was established in 1980 by Mridanga Vidhwan Sri Korambu Subrahmanyan Namboothiri in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur. He is renowned for introducing Mridanga Mela to the world of music. His fascination with Sri Sudhakaran's impressive one-finger mridanga performance, the elder brother of Paliath Sri P Jayachandran, inspired him to study the mridangam. Under the guidance of Sri Thripunithura Kochunni Thirumulpaad, he began his mridangam journey and continued his studies with Sri Pazhani Subrahmanya Pillai after Sri Thirumulpaad.

Following the passing of Sri Pazhani Subrahmanya Pillai, he returned home and started conducting mridangam classes at Kalari. In 1978, during Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamikal's visit to the Peruvanam Temple, Sri Subrahmanyan Namboothiri led a mridanga performance by his disciples. The Swami was delighted and blessed everyone, encouraging them to continue the practice, leading to the formation of Mridanga Mela. The Mela was presented at renowned temples across Bhopal, Delhi, Madurai, Pondicherry, Thanjavoor, Mookaambika, and numerous temples in Kerala.

One of the most remarkable achievements of Korambu Mridanga Kalari is the Akhanda Mridangamela, a hundred-hour continuous Mridangam performance featuring nearly 70 students. The Mridangamela captivates people of all ages, as it includes disciples from diverse age groups. The Kalari preserves the traditional Pudhukotta style, ensuring that even young children can master the art.

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Music is the portion of soul. Mridangamela means the combine reacting of 10 to 100 students in a same “Thala” and same “Shruthi”.

Special Mridangamela

This is a very unique learning program, which enables beginners (between the age of 4 years to 14 years) to learn mridangam and perform in just one day. The program is structured in such a way that students can learn basics and basic compositions in a day and present the same as a group performance later on the same day. Korambu Mridanga Kalari provides a golden opportunity for these beginners to be a part of this unique program. This course had been successfully conducted in many schools to enable a group of students to perform during annual day celebrations. Students from abroad can also be a part of this course through a 14 days learning program which allows them to perform for a duration of 30 min.

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