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AMAZING FEAT: M. Manu during his ‘jalatarang’ performance at Town Hall on Monday as part of his attempt to make a world record on 24-hour non-stop performance. —
AMAZING FEAT: M. Manu during his ‘jalatarang’ performance at Town Hall on Monday as part of his attempt to make a world record on 24-hour non-stop performance. —

Staff Reporter

Child prodigy from Kozhikode on way to setting a world record

Kozhikode: A child prodigy from the city is all set to enter the Guinness Book of World Records with a 24-hour performance on the ‘jalatarang’.

M. Manu, 12, a Class VII student of the Ganapath High School at Chalappuram, on Monday kicked-off his attempt to shatter the world record held by a Hyderabadi artist for performing 10 hours straight on this rare classical instrument. Hundreds of people have gathered at Town Hall here to witness the amazing feat of this young maestro, producing music by tapping bamboo sticks on porcelain bowls filled with water.

Writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair lighted the traditional lamp at 8 a.m. marking the beginning of the marathon musical event. Manu will perform till 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Kozhikode Mayor M. Bhaskaran was also present during the inaugural ceremony.

Manu began with a solo performance in Kapi raga for 10 minutes. He then switched to Hamsadhwani raga with “Vathapi Ganapathim Bhajeham…” reverberating the air. His nimble fingers playing Carnatic, Hindustani, Western and Folk music amazed the audience. Several music troupes were also arranged to perform along with the young talent. Arjun, Nehagrish, Anjith and Harikrishnan, students of music, are accompanying him on the keyboard, drums and tabla for 14 hours. At 4 p.m., the audience gave a standing ovation after Manu completed eight hours of performance. He was also given a break for 10 minutes as stipulated by the Guinness officials, one of the organisers said.

Manu began learning tabla at the tender age of eight. It was his teacher Radhakrishnan who encouraged him to learn the jalatarang. As a tabla artist, Manu had already earned accolades for his performances in various parts of the State.

Manu is the son of M. Mani and Jaya. The family lives at Kottaparamba Colony in the city. His debut jalatarang performance was held at the Tali Mariyamman Kovil during the Navaratri festival. Soon The Kala Sahitya Sangham is organising the event.

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