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C.V. Raman and the Mridangam

Posted by rsachi on September 13, 2009

I had read writings of C.V. Raman on the mridangam when I was in IIT. Later I had a chance to visit the great acoustics lab in IISC, a legacy of Raman and maintained by Prof B S Ramakrishna.
I heard once from a mridangam vidwan that there was a meeting between Raman and Palghat Mani Iyer. Mani Iyer was at first dismissive of science and technology in the art of mridangam playing. Then Raman showed him how the vibration patterns of the mridangam membrane could be analyzed and it could even be tuned more precisely by using scientific techniques.
You will find pages from a book about Raman’s work on mridangam in the link I have cited above. Some quotes:

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