Event This Sunday offers Delhiites an opportunity to observe the traditional temple arts of Kerala

The Delhi Panchavadya Trust is a teaching and performing organisation known for promoting the traditional art and culture of Kerala. Managed by Cheruthazam Kunhirama Marar, the trust is known for presenting the lesser known percussion and temple arts of Kerala. It also provides financial assistance to old and ailing artistes.

As a part of its 10th anniversary, the trust is organising a programme this Sunday at the Karthyayani Socio-Cultural Centre, which is part of the Uttara Guruyaruppan temple complex in New Delhi’s Mayur Vihar Phase I. A highlight of the day will be the live performances and seminar on “Kshetra Vadyam” (temple instruments). Percussion is an important part of Kerala temples. Mattannur Sankaran Kutty Marar, a recipient of many awards, will give a presentation on traditional temple arts like Keli, Thayambaka, Panchavadyam, Chenda Melam, etc. For those who have never witnessed these impressive group performances replete with resounding rhythms with primordial associations, this will surely be an unforgettable experience.

But first, at 9.30 a.m. there is a seminar on Malayalam. Belonging to the family of Dravidian languages, Malayalam has a heritage of over 2,300 years. The benchmark set for granting classical language status to Indian languages is 1,500-2,000 years. To help promote the language, the trust has invited T.P. Bhaskara Poduval, Director, Malayala Bhasha Padhasala, Kannur, and Sumitra Rajan, Executive Member of the Padhasala.

In the evening there will be a “Samskarika Poora Ghosha Yatra”, a procession featuring prominent Keralites, starting from the church behind the temple and ending at the temple. The procession will be accompanied by conch blowing and other traditional festive rites like thalapoli, pandymelom and pancharimelam.

At the evening get-together, expected to be attended by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, the trust will give away awards to artists. There will also be awards for young talents in various art forms of Kerala. An evening cultural programme includes a dance recital directed by Kalamandalam Anil Kumar and Kavalam R Rajeev.