So if you are interested in studying the Mardala, your first question might be, "Where can I find someone to study with?" Although there are far fewer teachers around the world, than say for the Tabla, and the majority being in Orissa, India (most notably Bhubaneswar); There are some teachers scattered around the globe. I will list them as I learn of them. First I would like to introduce you to the best school in the world to study with, the Mardala Academy in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.
... from the Mardala Academy:
"The Academy as you know, is highly acclaimed; it is respected for its role as the seminal institution in the training and development of the classical Odissi Mardala and its attendant instruments. Year after year it has produced, from its humble premises, highly evolved Mardal players who have performed in India and abroad with aplomb. To name just a few Sri Dhaneswara Swain, Sri Satchidananda Das, Sri Ratikant Mohapatra, Sri Bijaya Kumar Barik & others: these noted artistes have honed their skills in the difficult art of Odissi percussion under the inspired tutelage of noted Guru Banamali Maharana, with support and advice from the venerable Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, himself a genius in Mardala playing and founding father of Mardala recital on the proscenium as well as on classical music platform."