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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Balaram Mridangas

This was going to be a nostalgic post as I had thought the Balaram mridanga was out of production...

But, after watching this great screenprinting video the other day, I went on to find some new Balaram Mridanga stuff you might be pleased to see.

Read on for more (also, if anyone can get me one of these T-Shirts, let me know - XL please, the years haven't been kind!).


You've probably seen my earlier posts and the resources list where you can find and buy the original 'Introduction to the Balaram Mridunga' (with cassette).

I was browsing through the Kirtan Central Store and found.... Balaram Mridangas for sale! STILL AVAILABLE in four colours. I wouldn't have found this if it wasn't for Daniel Tucker. Thanks again!



Looking to fix or replace broken parts on your Balaram Mridanga? Get new components in the U.S. here and the U.K. here. Awesome!


For some background about this drum, read about the History of the Fibreglass [Balaram / Tilak] Mridanga by Ishan Dasa. A great story with ongoing discussions....

Finally, check out these pictures of Balaram Mridangas around the world. From Australia to Antarctica, Detroit to Durban, and Paris to Paraguy. The Balaram drum was my first mridanga experience. Great Stuff!

There are loads of spellings out there for the drum: mrdanga, mridunga, mrdunga, mrdang, mrdung, bengali khol. Although 'Khol' is popular in Bengal/India, at most of the indian music shops I've been to in the UK, and on some world music DVD's, it is commonly called 'Mridanga' by most players in the West. Hence www.Mridanga.Net

9 comments:

  1. Balarama drums are in active production right now. This is good news after many years, Los Angeles has a huge batch of drums ready and more are coming in from the factory all the time. Now is the time if you're looking for this kind of drum!

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  2. hellow i want to buy the parts C and D from the picture of Balaram mrdanga i have 1 friend in L.A RIGHT NOW this web is from there? my email is luislopezn79@hotmail.com

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  3. I just tried the links above the picture. Un fortunately, the US Krishnastore seems to have delisted the products. Maybe try the UK store (link also above pic and still listing the products). Alternatively, Abhijit might be able to help as indicated by the previous comment, contact him via his youtube channel listed on the right hand side of this site. Or even ask Daniel Tucker at Kirtan Central - also listed in this post. Good luck, and thanks for reading. Maybe post your results here?

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    1. Hi Andy, did you ever get a Balaram Mridanga? Kirtan Central has them priced reasonably online. You can also contact the LA ISKCON temple's store, Govinda Gifts. They sell them, and I am pretty sure you can get them shipped. I bought one there when we were in LA on vacation last summer. I really like it. Best of luck, Michael

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    2. Thanks Michael - I bought one of the Tilak ones.

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  4. Hello Andy, I have an original Baby Balaram Mridanga currently for sale on Ebay and thought you might be interested. I bought it direct from the LA Temple in the 1990s when I worked for the BBT. Please have a look and pass on to anyone you may think interested.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Baby-Balaram-Mridanga-Drum-Original-/300934197379

    All the best Darryl.

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  5. I just bought a tilak mridanga from the https://krishnastore.com and it sounds great. is there any others being made?

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    1. Hi there - I'm less involved with mridanga now. There's some comments in this thread that might be useful for you. Good luck!

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