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Indian Rhythms for frame drummer in Europe: Kanjira workshop with Ganesh Kumar (5th-8th Aug 2015)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 23, 2015

The 10th edition of “Tamburi – Mundi Festival” (Drum Festival) in  South Germany, Freiburg is announcing Ganesh Kumar from India who will give a workshop for Kanjira (South Indian Hand frame drum) & Konnakkol (vocal classes).

Ganesh Kumar (India)

Ganesh Kumar (India)

Workshop Date: August 5th – 8th, 2015

  • 9 –   9:45 h   Warm up
  • 10 -13:00 h  Kanjira Medium with Ganesh Kumar (Wed-Sat)
  • 15 – 15:45 h   Short lectures with different lecturers (Wed-Fri)
  • 16 – 17:30 h   Workshops (Wed-Fri)

Instruments: Kanjira and other frame drums

Course content: Ganesh Kumar’s course includes the expansion of the basic drumming technologies on the South Indian frame drum Kanjira. Primary emphasis will be placed on the split-hand-technique, phrasing and modulating different sounds. South Indian rhythms and compositions will also be introduced.

Ganesh Kumar also teaches the vocal percussion “Konnakol” and shows how to play  Mridangam (double headed drum of South India) and Morsing (mukharshanku).

For those among the participants playing other frame drums, there will be shown facilities to transfer the Indian rhythms onto their respective frame drums.

Level: Medium (good playing experience on kanjira or other frame drums)

! Registration opens now ! – Visit

Formation of Tamburi Mundi e.V.

Since the end of the 90s, the internationally recognized percussionist Murat Coskun has endeavoured to spread and develop a wide variety of frame drum traditions of many different cultures with big commitment and idealism. His goal was to establish a festival in which frame drummers from the most diverse cultural groups come together and combine to form a common exchange. He came one big step closer in 2006, as he brought the “1st international festival for frame drums” to life called “Tamburi Mundi”, which would establish itself in the course of its existence as one of the most important platforms to support frame drum culture world-wide.
Tamburi Mundi created an international network of musicians, institutions, colleges, museums, as well as international cultural organizations and facilities and since then promotes the exchange of musicians in conversations, concerts, workshops and in the development and formation of common projects. With “Tamburi Mundi International”, “guest performances” were also done since 2008 in the festivals in Iran and Italy. In order to master the existing and further accumulating tasks with joint strength, the organization Tamburi Mundi e.V. was called into life in 2009.

( Source: 03/2015 – )

An ultimate frame drum “Kanjira” by Ganesh Kumar


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