Sebastian & Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers

01 January 2020

TM Krishna

A new work of nonfiction by the musician and activist TM Krishna, this book explores the history of makers of the mridangam—a musical instrument used in Carnatic music—in Thanjavur, Chennai and elsewhere. It draws upon Krishna’s extensive fieldwork and interviews to investigate the workings of caste in this industry as well, focussing on a community of Dalit Christians who produced the instrument.

Westland, 284 pages, Rs 799