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The Mridangam (Tamil: :மிருதங்கம் Sanskrit: मृदङ्गं) is a percussion instrument from India of ancient origin. It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music ensemble. During a percussion ensemble, the mridangam is often accompanied by the ghatam, kanjira, and morsing. The mridangam is nicknamed as the “King of Percussion”.