Indian music has identified a number of percussion instruments, which largely accompanied different forms of musical expression. The sociobiological necessity of percussion in music is a fact established of late. But the ancient Indian musicians had identified and immortalized the necessity of percussion at the rim of folklore and classical overtones.
The Indian percussion instruments could be segmented and applied in different demographic and social situations as folklore, temple and classical concerts, where each forma has its own charm and methodology, for instance Mridangam, Khanjira, Ghatam, Morching (Karnatak) and Tabla (Hindustani) are exclusively used in classical concerts. Dolu (Tavil) a traditional instrument used in temples and on auspicious occasions and a rhythmic support to Nagaswara players, where as Sammela, Chande and Cymbal (Taala) are the representatives of the folklore form. As for the utility, the folklore forms largely remained without the realm of the classical forms where they neither had a definite shruti or a definite pattern. Nevertheless, the folklore sound patterns had an organic amalgamation with the cultures that had sustained in it and therefore, till recently, very few attempts were made to synthesize these forms of percussion instruments.
The Violin maestro Vidwan Late T. Chowdaiah started Sri Ayyanar College of Music in the year 1952. Later, Anoor S. Ramakrishna led the institution for more than 4 decades. Ayyanar College of Music completed its 50 years in 2002. Vidwan Anoor S. Ramakrishna and the staff members of Ayyanar College of Music have given several celebrated artists to the music field.
LAYA LAHARI, Percussion Ensemble of Ayyanar College of Music, which emerged in the year 1980 largely due to the ideas and dreams of Ganakalabhushana Vidwan Late Anoor S Ramakrishna and Sangeetha Kala Ratna Vidwan Late Bangalore K Venkatram, is acclaimed a successful attempt of blending these hitherto different forms of percussion, where the charm of rhythm of the folklore is not dispensed at the cost of tonal value. This troupe is currently directed and led by Ganakala Shree, Layakala Prathibhamani Vidwan Anoor R. Ananthakrishna Sharma. The members of this troupe are all the students of Sri Ayyanar College of Music. This troupe has given performances all over India and other countries.
The percussion members of this group are basically Mridangam Artists, but play various other percussion instruments with the same felicity.
Members of Layalahari, Percussion Ensemble of Sri Ayyanar College of Music
Participants of the Ensemble