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The book (800 pages) with 53 equations, 107 illustrations and 227 tables spread over eleven chapters is written with the primary aim of presenting the mathematical structures of primary percussion constructs such as talas (macro-counts), akshara jati (string size), nadai (micro-count), matras (beats), avartana (cycle), kala (tempo), metricity (matra anukrama) and ametricity (amatra anukrama) and right alignment (bala bandhana) for resolution of landing points. The mathematics of complex sequences- Mohras (penultimate faran based rhythm structures) (50 nos.) and Mukthayas (terminating rhythm structures) (150 nos.) of Karnatic percussion are also presented.
The basics of simple building block structures such as thekas (rhythmic beats), farans or urutals (rapid drum rolls), nada viramas (punctuating resonant pauses), khalis (blanks) and Ta Dhi° Gi Na Thom strings (slow speed farans) are described. The acoustics, structure, shruti (base pitch), raw sounds, strokes and konnakol (verbal rendering) of Karnatic mridanga are depicted.
In the introductory chapter the historical developments, list of books written on mridanga, roll call of honour, Padma and Sahitya award winners is enumerated. Some issues of the percussion fraternity are also show caused. In the last chapter, the list of percussion Vidwans over the last 300 years is presented.
M. Siddhartha Bhatt, (born: 1956) retired as Director of Central Power Research Institute, Bengaluru in October 2016 after a professional experience of 35 ½ years. He learnt mridanga at Bangalore and Mangalore during the 1960s and 1970s and has been pursuing this art along with Ghata, Kanjeera and Chende since then.