l Born on November 25, 1953 at Thrikkur, Thrissur district, Kuttan Marar was brought up at Peruvanam, widely considered the heartland of percussion, to Peruvanam Appu Marar and Gowri Marassiar.

l His father was his first guru. Later he learned from Kumarapuram Appu Marar and Sreenarayanapuram Appu Marar.

l He was a student of CNN High School, Cherpu, where he later worked as a non-teaching staff member for 35 years.

l He leads the melam in over 84 temples in the State and conducts over 300 performances, on an average, every year.

l A documentary film, Pranathi , made on him has won wide acclaim.

l He has performed at the India Festival in former USSR, in Paris, at the Republic Day parade and almost all the Gulf countries.

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