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In his new book, TM Krishna explores how caste oppression invisibilised India's mridangam-makers
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In his new book, TM Krishna explores how caste oppression invisibilised India's mridangam-makers

Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna's new book Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers cuts to the chase with a palpable urgency, right from page one. The mridangam is a young instrument, only a century old, that has deftly travelled up the musical ranks to secure its place on the stage of Carnatic music. And yet its makers, many of whom belong to Dalit Christian communities, continue to reside on society's margins.