Mrunal Manmay Dash

Different classical instruments from across the country will be played to celebrate the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22. Odisha’s Mardala is one of them.

Mardala is a percussive instrument native to the state of Odisha. It is traditionally used as the primary percussive instrument in the ancient classical music of the state, Odissi.

The musical instruments used in Odissi classical songs and dance which are called 'Tal-vadya' are mainly made of leather and this 'Tal- vadya' is popularly called 'Mardala'. Exactly like the use of 'Mridangam' is important in 'Carnataki'- classical music and 'Tabla' has significance in 'Hindustani' music, 'Mardala' has much importance in 'Odissi' classical music.

Champat Rai, general secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, said, “Musicians from different parts of India have been selected to perform during the grand function on January 22.”

Apart from Mardala, the event will have bansuri and dholak artistes 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.

Shrikhol and Sarod artistes from West Bengal; Ghatam from Andhra Pradesh; Sitar from Jharkhand; Nadaswarm and mridang from Tamil Nadu; and Hudka from Uttarakhand will also take part in the event.

“They will play the instruments when ritualistic chants are not taking place or when someone is not addressing,” Rai said.

Ayodhya has undergone a massive transformation since Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a "Bhoomi Pujan" on August 5, 2020, to mark the building of the grand Ram Mandir.

Over 7,000 people have been invited by the temple trust and they include cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The city is getting decked up for the grand ceremony at the temple, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend.