Basics Of Kanjira | How To Play Kanjira Instrument | South Indian Percussion Instruments
This course is an introductory course for students wishing to learn the Kanjira, a South Indian percussion instrument from the family of frame drum. It is a small round instrument which is usually 6.5 to 7 inches in diameter, made of lizard skin, stretched over the round shell with jingles attached to the outside of the shell. Kanjira, which can be used for a solo performance, is mostly used for accompanying other instruments and artists, performing the carnatic style of music. This course will teach students playing the Kanjira based on the foundation of the carnatic style of music. Students pursuing this course will learn about the origins of the instrument, hand positioning and the playing techniques. Students completing this beginners course will learn the basics of tala based on the Carnatic style of music and be able to play the kanjira adhering to 4 beat, 8 beat and 16 beat phrases.