Carnatic Rhythms

Performance by Layyasaaram Institute of Indian Arts

Carnatic Rhythms
Carnatic Rhythms, as the name suggests is an exploration into the carnatic style of drumming from South India.

This performance is dedicated to the legendary Mridangam Artist Shri Palghat Mani Iyer on the occassion of his 100th birth anniversary. Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer (1912–1981) was a legendary mridangam artist in the field of Carnatic music The first mridangist to have been conferred the Padmabhushan award by the Government of India and the coveted Sangeetha Kalanidhi award by the Music Academy Chennai. An artiste of few words, he was a legend even in his lifetime and a genius at innovation. His scintillating performances were an unforgettable treat to the audience. ‘Palghat’ on a poster or just a ‘Mani’ was sufficient to attract the crowds in droves. It would be no exaggeration to say that Palghat Mani Iyer raised the status of the mridangam and the mridangist to dizzy heights.

Sriram Natarajan | Founder – Layyasaaram
Founded in January 2012 as an intended 501 C(3) non-profit organization, we endeavor to conduct, organize and provide music and dance performances of local and visiting artists and musicians in the Carnatic Classical Genre of Indian music.
We facilitate and conduct training and outreach programs, lectures, demonstrations and workshops related to Indian culture and tradition in relation to classical music and dance. We collaborate with regional, national and international organizations and invite recognized artists from India and rest of the world, conduct concert tours and cultural exchange programs.


Sriram Natarajan – Mridangam/Kanjira
Nanda Masti – Mridangam/Kanjira
Ethirajan Ramanujan – Mridangam
Guruprasad Kathavathe – Flute
Sandhya Ramachandran – Violin
Vijay Ramanathan – Vocal


1. Nattai in Adi Talam – Sree Mahaganapathe Surapathe – Mayavaram Vishwanatha Shastri.
2. Reethigowla in Misra Chapu Talam – Janani – Subbaraya Shastri
3. Note in Eka Talam Tisra Nadai – Madurai Mani