Although the ghatam is the same shape as an ordinary Indian domestic clay pot, it is made specifically to be played as an instrument, the tone of the pot must be good and the walls should be of even thickness all around to produce an even tone. In fact, there are two types of ghatams; Madras and Manamadurai. The Madras ghatam is a light pot which requires less force to play, thus is suited for extended fast patterns. The Manamadurai ghatam is a heavy, thick pot with tiny shards of brass mixed into the clay. This type of ghatam is harder to play but produces a sharp metallic ringing sound which is favored by some players.
Ghatam Udupa is another stalwart who is often compared to Vikku Vinayakram A list of other contemporary players may be found here Ghatam Sukkanya Ramgopal - Popular lady Carnatic Ghatam artiste ,Sukkanya by her GHATA THARANG concept has brought Ghatam, which has been an accompanying instrument in carnatic music concerts, to the main platform.
'A Performance Is Successful When Public Applauds': Renowned Ghatam Maestro K Murali Was Performing during Three-Day Music Mania Organised by SICA
Apr 14, 2013; During live performance total concentration is required and when public applauds, then only the performance is...