Date: 20th century

Geography: India

Culture: Indian

Medium: Wood, leather, tuning paste

Dimensions: L.: 70 cm., (27½ in.) Diam.: 25.5 cm. (10 in.)

Classification: Membranophone-double-headed / barrel drum

Credit Line: Gift of Herbert J. Harris, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.467.18


The mrdangam is a conical barrel-shaped drum with the larger head approximately one and a half times the size of the smaller head. The drum is typically tuned to the tonic of the music, with the larger head tuned an octave lower than the smaller head. The mrdangam is primarily found in South India, where it serves as a rhythmic accompaniment in Karnatak music.