Frequently Asked Questions
Madhura Mridanga is made up of Fibreglass body. The side heads are made up of imported high quality single chain Polymer and has been tested for superior strength.
The head rings are made of plastic material and designed to perfectly fit on to the heads. The unique design has been carefully crafted in order to facilitate Mridanga players to play on Madhura Mridanga rigourously and for a long time as is the situation in Ratha yatra’s etc. Also, the new learners of Mridanga will find it especially useful as it is painless to hands!
Plastic used in Madhura Mridanga are NOT “Single use plastics”. Hence they are fully recyclable. Moreover, they are bio-safe materials which do not react with human skin.
Mridanga making is traditional indeed. However, we must know that traditionally, leather was obtained from cow’s that died naturally.
But that is not the situation anymore!
Hence, we are forced to choose various other options for the sake of protection of Krsna’s cows, who are our own father and mother. This is also in line with Srila Prabhupada’s instruction that we should avoid leather and choose alternatives such as plastic etc. Moreover, Srila Prabhupada specifically instructed to use technology and manufacture Mridangas.
Hence our effort.
The word “Mrdanga” has two derivations:
- “yad angam Mrdyate, Aahayante, asau iti Mridangah” – meaning that, “Mridanga” is that whose body take lot of beating and rubbing to make sounds.
- Secondly, “Mrttikayam angam iti Mridangam” – meaning that, whose body is made up of mud is known as Mridanga.
Traditionally, the body of a Mridanga was and still made of Wood, Mud, Brass, etc. Lately Fibre or Fibreglass has also been used.
Therefore, it is wrong to claim that other bodied Mridangas are not Mridangas. Each body has specific inherent quality and they produce unique sounds accordingly.
As you will notice, the first difference is the superior sound quality. Madhura Mridanga is able to surpass not only the sound quality of other fibre mridangas (including that of leather based but fibre bodied mridanga) but also a player will be able to produce “te” “re”, “ta” and the “nak” or click sounds on the small side, while “khe” and “Dhumki” sounds on the larger side , all distinctly and prominently.
The Head and the Fibreglass body of Madhura Mridanga is covered in warranty period. The Head Rings are not covered in the warranty period.
The Head rings are fragile coverings and hence need to be protected from rough handling. However, all parts are available as accessories and can be easily replaced.
Madhura Mridanga is actually cheaper than Leather based Mridanga.
The Mud bodied Mridanga has an average lifespan of 4 years (if played everyday and kept very safely). A very good Leather Mridanga will cost Rs4000 to 6000.
At this rate, their annual investment is Rs1000 to Rs1500
Madhura Mridanga will last for at least 20 years. Madhura Mridanga will come at a cost of Rs9735 (inclusive of all taxes). At this rate the annual investment is Rs500 only!
Now, you decide which is cheaper.
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