Mar 10, 2009 General
This 2 DVD set is the first instructional released for kanjira. It features introduction to the instrument, beginning phrases, accompanying phrases, compositions, subdivisions examined, and many solos. It is a 2 DVD set complete with interview and lessons to help you learn this powerful tambourine. Filmed with multiple angles and produced by a student of the instrument for other students, this dvd is a must have in your learning the art of kanjira playing.
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Mar 10, 2009 General
Khanjira: A Journey Within is now available at OMRadio.com.
The DVD covers holding the instrument, basic strokes, phrases starting from 3 strokes through 6 strokes, and ending phrases often referred to as “ta di ki ta thoms”. Whether you are already playing the instrument or just beginning this DVD is a good DVD to add to your collection.
Mr. Ganesh Kumar played in Pearland, Texas with his teacher Sri Subash Chandran for the Tyagaraja festival and OMRadio captured it. Here’s a piece that featured a solo on kanjira by Ganesh Kumar.
Mar 9, 2009 General
Kanjira is an amazing little drum, full of power and grace. Coming out of South India, this small tambourine is filled with possibilities beyond its carnatic roots and has begun to grow in popularity around the world. Though there are many drums from India that date back centuries, this drum is relatively new to the scene and yet we are already seeing star players coming out who are specializing only in kanjira.
Bar none, the finest kanjira player in the history of the instrument so far is the great G. Harishankar Rao, who popularized the instrument with his amazing technique and stylings. He was taken from us so young, only 44, that we are still at a lost to know where he could have taken the instrument with another 20 – 40 years of playing. But to honor his passing we dedicate this site and all our conversation to the memory of this great maestro who was both amazing and generous with his teaching.
So welcome to Kanjira.org and enjoy sharing your views on the instrument, on the music, and the players. We ask that you keep the comments on topic and engage in civil discourse when disagreements arise. If you have suggestions about areas we can cover or wish to contribute please email us: info(at)kanjira.org