mridangam

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Etymology[edit]

mridangam, a musical instument.

From Tamil மிருதங்கம் (mirutaṅkam), and its source, Sanskrit मृदंग (mṛdaṃga).

Noun[edit]

mridangam (plural mridangams)

  1. (music) A percussion instrument used in southern Indian music, consisting of a two-sided drum whose body is usually made from a hollowed piece of jackfruit wood. [from 19th c.]
    • 2015, Tridip Suhrud, translating Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi, Sarasvatichandra I, Orient BlackSwan 2015, p. 145:
      A sarangi player set the tone and Kalavati began to sing in her sweet, melodious voce; mridangam and sitar accompanied her.