Injikudi E. M Mariyappan
Nadaswaram is a traditional South Indian acoustic musical instrument, played in all auspicious occasions and temple festivals. It is the world’s loudest non-brass acoustic instrument, with a unique identity and features. Nadaswaram is made of wood, a special hard wood from the aacha tree, available in Southern parts of India. It is a long tapered cone, enlarging towards its base, with seven holes drilled in it to create the musical octaves.
Injikudi E. M. Mariyappan is a renowned nadaswaram artist, and he is the younger brother of Injikudi E. M. Subramanian, a renowned nadaswaram artist with several credits to his name. He hails from a family who have been nadaswaram artists for the past 20 generations. Born in the small village of Injikudi in the state of Tamilnadu in India, he learnt the art of nadaswaram from his paternal uncle and his father from the age of eight and started performing on stage from his tender age of 13 years. He perfected the art under renowned master T. V. Somaskantham Pillai for three years at the Palani Temple’s nadaswaram college. Since then, he is a regular nadaswaram performer in various temple functions in the state of Tamilnadu and at all leading music festivals in the Southern India. He has also worked as Hindu temple musician in Singapore and UK.
His elder brother Injikudi E. M. Subramanian is also a leading nadaswaram artist and they perform together in the leading Erattai Nadaswaram – the twin performance, which is unique in itself to listen and enjoy. Though his elder brother is also an artist, Mariyappan has developed a unique style on his own, and the dual combination along with his elder brother is a distinct combination of two different styles of performance and is a treat to listen. Together, both of them are creating a great name for themselves in the world of music.
Currenat as of July 2015