Staff Reporter

Thrissur: Percussion maestro Mattannur Sankarankutty and team will drum up excitement at the Thiruvambadi Devaswom’s ensembles to be presented at Thrissur Pooram on Wednesday. The Pandimelam of the Thiruvambadi contingent is presented at the Sreemoolasthanam of the Sree Vadakkunnatha Temple.

The percussionists will rustle up different combinations of Adantha (14 aksharas). The percussionists will divide the tala into various segments and interpret them. They leave gaps and deftly increase the tempo till the ensemble reaches a crescendo. “As the leader of the band, a daunting task lies ahead for me. It is to bring out the best of every artist, yet retain the purity and discipline of Pandimelam,” said Mr. Sankarankutty.

A disciple of Pallassana Chandra Mannadiar and Sadanam Vasu, Mr.Sankarankutty had benefited by his association with master percussionist Pattarath Sankara Marar at the Thiruvambadi temple.

For several years, Iratta Thayambaka sessions at festivals in central and north Kerala had featured Sankarankutty along with Aliparambu Sivarama Poduval and Pallavur Appu Marar.

He had led the Thiruvambadi contingent several times at Pooram. “You do not need to be an expert to enjoy Pandimelam. It is simple. Any Malayali can tell by instinct the finale of an ensemble,” said Mr.Sankarankutty.

Annamanada to lead Panchavadyam

Panchavadyam, led by Annamanada Parameswara Marar, will be the highlight of the ‘Madathil Varavu’ ceremony. The ensemble features the instruments, thimila, shudha maddalam, kombu, edakka and elathalam. Panchavadyam is synonymous with Thiruvilwamala Venkichan Swamy and the Annamanada family. Annamanada Peethambara Marar, Annamanada Achutha Marar and Annamanada Parameswara Marar have contributed much to the evolution of modern Panchavadyam.

The slowest tempo in Panchavadyam begins with 1,792 beats in Triputa tala and is difficult to count. Modern Panchavadyam shows mostly display 896-beat cycles.