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Rejoice in Art

Sangeet Laya Saadhana

For building focus and concentration

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About the course

What will I learn

In this course, participants engage in a transformative journey that transcends musical boundaries. Participants learn vocal percussion techniques, creating intricate rhythmic patterns using syllables. They then progress to hands-on Mridangam training, mastering the art of producing diverse tones and rhythms on the traditional drum. The act of creating rhythmic patterns through vocalization and percussion not only requires auditory perception but also involves tactile engagement through playing the Mridangam. This practice immerses individuals in a sensory experience, fostering a profound connection with rhythm, sound, and touch.

Benefits of this course

The rhythms imbibed through Konnakkol and Mridangam practice infuse daily routines with a sense of order and discipline. The heightened focus nurtured by rhythmic training translates into improved focus and concentration in various tasks. Regular practice nurtures creativity and self-awareness, allowing individuals to harness the power of rhythm to harmonize their inner selves.

Incorporating in my life

The course encourages students to integrate short rhythmic exercises into their daily routines, gradually building up complexity as skills improve.

About the specialist

Melakaveri K. Balaji stands as a distinguished figure in the world of Carnatic music, renowned for his mastery of the Mridangam, a traditional South Indian percussion instrument. With a musical lineage spanning generations, Balaji's expertise has been nurtured under the guidance of his father, the illustrious Mridangam maestro Melakaveri K. Krishnamurthy. His journey, spanning 38 years, has seen him evolve into a full-time professional Mridangam artist who has traversed the globe, sharing his knowledge through concerts, lectures, and workshops.

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

The Natya Shastra, attributed to sage Bharata Muni, is a Sanskrit treatise on the performing arts, dating back to a compilation between 200 BCE and 200 CE, providing comprehensive insights into the field.

The text provides foundational principles for rhythm and music that can enhance mental and emotional wellbeing through the practice and performance of these art forms.

Modern research & publications

Research paper: Importance of Mridangam (Percussion Instrument) in Carnatic Music Concerts

Author(s): Kiritharan Sharma N

Abstract: Mridangam in Carnatic music contributes to human well-being by enhancing cognitive coordination and emotional expression while fostering cultural connection and joy.

Introductory session

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory session with Melakaveri K. Balaji.

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

Plan for intro session

Overview of Konnakol explaining its connection to Mridangam and rhythmic recitation

Understand the importance of clear pronunciation in Konnakol and also know how vocal percussion connects with the rhythms played on instruments

Quick introduction to Thala (rhythm) and Adi Thalam (beats per rhythmic cycle)

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
10 sessions
Duration of each session
60 mins
Course price

Session 1

Introduction to Thala (rhythmic framework) and Basic Lesson
  • An overview of Konnakkol and Mridangam, highlighting the importance of rhythm in wellbeing
  • Providing an explanation of Thala structure, a demonstration of basic rhythm patterns, and engaging you in practicing clapping along
  • An introduction to Mridangam strokes, followed by hands-on practice of basic strokes on a practice pad or Mridangam

Session 2

Basic Syllables of Konnakkol
  • An explanation of basic Konnakkol syllables, followed by individual practice of each syllable

Session 3

Different Speeds (Tempos) of Lessons
  • Introducing the concept of different speeds in Konnakkol
  • Practice the art form at slow, medium, and fast tempos

Session 4

Dynamics in Reciting Konnakkol
  • Understand and practice the reciting dynamics
  • Apply dynamics to basic patterns on konnakol

Session 5

Intermediate Lessons (NADAIS) - Rhythmic Patterns
  • Introduction to intermediate rhythmic patterns (NADAIS)
  • Explore creating your own rhythmic patterns

Session 6-10

Advanced Concepts and Applications
  • Introduction to advanced Konnakkol concepts
  • Explore complex rhythmic patterns
  • Discuss Laya (tempo) aspects and Thala structures.
  • Explore different Thalas and how to incorporate them
  • Reflection on the wellbeing aspect and benefits"

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Conducted by

Melakaveri K. Balaji

Renowned Carnatic musician and Mridangam expert

Course price
10 sessions • Weekly
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