Neyveli B Venkatesh playing Mridangam
Featured in this video is artiste Neyveli B Vekatesh performing Mridangam, a percussion instrument of ancient origin from India.
Mridangam is considered to be the primary percussion accompaniment during Carnatic music ensemble. In ancient Hindu sculptures, the mridangam is often depicted as the instrument of choice for a number of deities including Ganesha (the remover of obstacles) and Nandi, who is the vehicle and companion of Lord Shiva. During a percussion ensemble, the mridangam is often accompanied by the ghatam, kanjira, and the morsing.