Chennai:
Chennai: Violinist M Lalitha, accompanied by M Nandini, presented Mridangam and Mridanga or the Khol in `MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN DIVINITY’ – A SERIES OF THEMATIC MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION, in Chennai recently.
 
Under the Production Grant, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, Violinist M Lalitha , Senior Violinist, Musician and Fulbright Fellow, (of the Duo M Nandini), is presenting a series of episodes on `Musical Instruments in Divinity’- a thematic Multimedia presentation featuring different instruments each month. In July-end, as part of the fourth episode, on Thursday July 24, 2014, the instruments featured will be `Mridangam and Mridanga or the Khol’ at the Raga Sudha Hall, Mylapore from 6.30 p.m.  
 
S Santhanagopal, Branch Head, Printer and Publisher, The Times of India Group, Chennai, was the Chief Guest while Mridangam Maestro Guruvayur Durai was the Guest of Honour. Special Performance by M Lalitha and M Nandini (Violin) accompanied by K R Ganesh (Mridangam) and Nama SanKirtan by the Gaudiya Vaishnava Societies of Bengal by Samrta Krishna Das – Vocal, Sadachar Das – Kartan and Vocal, accompanied by Jayanandahari Das on the Mridanga / Khol of Hare Krishna Movement, Chennai, was the highlight of the evening.
 
Lalitha dealt about the history, evolution of the instrument, mythological, sculptural evidence, its usage in temple rituals, similarities in global musical cultures and references in Literature and in musical compositions.