banjira Gig Bag for Bass Mridangam 24"

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The Mridangam is one of the most ancient, and popular, hand drums from India. It is the principal percussion instrument in South Indian classical Carnatic music. It functions as a solo instrument, as well as the primary percussion instrument in vocal and instrumental ensembles. When played, the drum is held horizontally, and played with the fingers and palms of the hands. The barrel-shaped shell of the Mridangam is made from the wood of the Jackfruit tree. There is a head at each end of the shell and raw-hide laces hold the heads in place. The heads are tuned up in pitch, by pulling the laces tighter to add tension to the heads. There is a larger bass (thoppi) head and a smaller tenor (valanthalai) head. A black paste is applied to the center area of the bass head. This application is called the satham or karanai, and it gives the head a low bass tone. The tenor head has sliver-thin reeds inserted between the two layers of the head to create a distinct buzzing sound. There are no tuning blocks included, although they can be inserted under the tuning laces to increase the drum's pitch.
Overall length is approximately 22-24 inches
Bass head is approximately 7 to 8.5 inches in diameter
Tenor head is approximately 6 to 7.5 inches in diameter

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