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Rejoice in Art

Dhwani Samarthya

For building soulfulness

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About the course

What will I learn

Manikandan's offering revolves around Parai drumming, an ancient practice deeply rooted in music and culture. Parai drumming goes beyond music; it is a holistic experience that exercises both the brain and the body. Starting with basic techniques and rhythmic patterns, participants progress through different skill levels, focusing on coordination, timing, and expressive playing.

Benefits of this course

Parai drumming is a rhythmic practice that has a strong therapeutic quality, stimulating cognitive functions like perception, attention, and memory and providing a positive outlet for creative expression. As the participants engage in the rhythmic patterns of Parai drumming, they improve cognitive abilities while finding release from negative emotions.

Incorporating in my life

Practising Parai drumming can be integrated into daily life as a form of mindfulness exercise. Regular practice sessions, even as short as 15 minutes, can yield significant cognitive and emotional benefits over time.

About the specialist

Manikandan N, hailing from Tamil Nadu, is a master's student at Dr. J. Jayalalitha Music and Fine Arts University in Chennai. With a fervent dedication to preserving ancient music, he tutors over 3000 students worldwide. His journey began with overcoming societal barriers tied to caste and music. Now 23, he's a master of 120 instruments and 20 folk dances, seeking to share the greatness of instruments that were once exclusive. Fondly known as 'Sound Mani,' he has embraced a mission to make music accessible to all. Through his Parai Circle initiative, he conducts workshops and online classes that span across the globe, reaching countries like Canada, Australia, Germany, Singapore, France and the US.

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

The Purananuru is a collection of ancient Tamil poems that provide insights into the cultural and historical aspects of ancient Tamil Nadu, including references to various cultural practices and events.

As per the text, Parai drumming benefits communities by fostering unity, cultural expression, and social bonds.

No Modern research

Introductory session

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory session with Manikandan.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for intro session

Introduction to the connection between music, culture, and soulfulness, followed by a brief introduction to the Parai drum, highlighting its historical significance and unique features

Understand how playing instruments can activate the nervous system and provide a workout for the body

Live demonstration of Parai playing, showcasing its diverse beats and the emotions they evoke

Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the course for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this course in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online course
5 sessions
Duration of each session
60 mins
Course price

Session 1

Parai (Traditional Drum)Fundamentals and Wellbeing Enhancement
  • Introduction to the history and cultural significance of Parai, including its various types
  • Basic instruction on holding the instrument and executing striking patterns
  • Introduction to verbal percussion with beats to enhance musical understanding
  • Discussion on the positive effects of playing instruments like Parai on mental wellbeing, focusing on stress relief and emotional expression

Session 2

Rhythmic Exploration with Parai
  • Learn new rhythms and patterns on the Parai to deepen musical skills
  • Integration of verbal percussion with Parai playing for a holistic musical experience

Session 3

Advanced Dynamics with Parai
  • Combining previously learned rhythms into a cohesive piece, focusing on dynamics, expression, and tempo variations to enhance musical and emotional depth

Session 4

Integration and Verbal Percussion Mastery
  • Advancement in verbal percussion patterns and synchronization with Parai playing for complex rhythmic compositions

Session 5

Creative Fusion and Emotional Connection with Parai
  • Exploration of the enjoyable aspects of playing Parai and its impact on the soul, emphasizing joy and satisfaction derived from musical engagement
  • Discussion on innovation, fusion, and the global appreciation of traditional instruments as a means of cultural expression and personal identity

Please Note:

  • The instrument, Parai (Traditional drum) required for the sessions will be delivered to you within 10-12 days post a payment confirmation of $350 (inclusive of instrument & shipping cost).
  • The payment link for the same will be shared with you separately (over your registered email id) post the session booking is completed

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