Ayodhya, Jan 16: Various classical instruments representing different regions of the country will be showcased during the consecration ceremony of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22. One such instrument is the Mardala from Odisha.
The Mardala is a percussion instrument indigenous to Odisha, traditionally serving as the primary rhythmic accompaniment in the ancient classical music of the state known as Odissi.
In Odissi classical music, the musical instruments known as 'Tal-vadya,' primarily crafted from leather, are commonly referred to as 'Mardala.' Similar to the crucial role of the 'Mridangam' in Carnatic classical music and the significance of the 'Tabla' in Hindustani music, the 'Mardala' holds great importance in Odissi classical music.
Champat Rai, the general secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, stated, "Musicians from various parts of India have been chosen to perform during the grand ceremony on January 22."
Apart from the Mardala, the event will feature bansuri and dholak artists from Uttar Pradesh, veena from Karnataka, sundari from Maharashtra, alghoza from Punjab, santoor from Madhya Pradesh, pung from Manipur, nagada and kali from Assam, tamboora from Chhattisgarh, pakhawaj from Bihar, shehani from Delhi, and ravanhatha from Rajasthan.
Additionally, Shrikhol and Sarod artists from West Bengal, Ghatam from Andhra Pradesh, Sitar from Jharkhand, Nadaswaram and mridang from Tamil Nadu, and Hudka from Uttarakhand will participate in the event.
“They will play the instruments when ritualistic chants are not taking place or when someone is not addressing,” Rai explained.
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the "Bhoomi Pujan" on August 5, 2020, Ayodhya has witnessed a significant transformation in preparation for the construction of the grand Ram Mandir. Over 7,000 individuals, including cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, have been invited by the temple trust for the grand ceremony, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The city is adorned in anticipation of this auspicious event.