The Kanjira is an eclectic south Indian instrument that is used majorly in South Indian musical arrangements. The Kanjira or Khanjira or Ganjira is a folk instrument which was used in Bhajans but now has earned its well deserved position as an accompaniment with the Mridangam in traditional Carnatic music. Belonging to the Tambourine family, the instrument is a frame drum which has a metal disc attached to it. The wood used in the Kanjira is the same used for the Mridangam, which is the wood from the Jackfruit tree.
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The Kanjira is a small drum that makes a big impact. Mostly used in South Indian percussion, the Kanjira or Khanjira or Ganjira was initially used in South Indian folk percussion. Traditionally the Kanjira was used as a temple instrument, as a single frame drum. It was eventually modified with the single pair of jingles. It was brought into the classical genre as a "upa-pakka-vadyam" or an instrument of accompaniment.
Natarajan Ganesh Kumar, very popularly and affectionately known as Kanjira Ganesh has undeniably immortalized the Kanjira, a tiny frame drum from South India and placed it on the pedestal that it belongs.
On the eve of his 53rd birthday, we decided to ask him what his 5 decade long journey looks like from his own perspective.
Q : At what age did music ‘happen’ to you ?
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The Kanjira Cover is a specially designed case for the small frame drum. Kanjira heads can be very delicate and need to be preserved for playing. Excess moisture and heat make the head skin susceptible to tearing. To avoid damage to the head, the Kanjira should be stored in well fitting covers. The Ultimate Guru Kanjira Gig Cover is designed for the traveling musician. Made from good quality rexene, the cover is designed to fit an Indian 7 inch diameter Kanjira. The cover is lined with a layer of foam based material which protects the drum.