Mridanga: The Mayapuris

Written by  January 4, 2012

The Mayapuris is a U.S.-based kirtan music group that performs Sanskrit call-and-response chanting originating from West Bengal, India.

Mridanga: The Mayapuris

Label: Mantralogy & Equal Vision

The Mayapuris is a U.S.-based kirtan music group that performs Sanskrit call-and-response chanting originating from West Bengal, India. The main performers are Vish, Kish, Jagi, Bali and Vrinda. The album’s title reveals a mridanga, a drum, as the primary instrument of choice, yet there are a variety of instruments used including the esraj, violin, kartal cymbals, flute, cello, dholak, dilruba, doumbek, harmonium, bass and sax. The soul-stirring melodies, mesmerizing instrumentation and scintillating vocals provide great entertainment for any occasion. In addition, Sanskrit lyrics are included in the liner notes, which also folds out as a poster.

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Matthew Forss

Verge magazine's music columnist, Matthew Forss holds a BA in biology, MS in exercise science, and an MFA in creative writing. Since 2000, he has been writing world music reviews for Edmonton-based Inside World Music.com, while amassing a very large collection of ethnomusicological recordings from every country in the world. Matthew continues to publish music articles and cultural book reviews in various academic journals and magazines and has an acquired taste for Central Asian linguistics (Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik).

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