Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The first Edakka training course in the State began at the Nheralath Kalasramam at Angadipuram in the district on Saturday.

As many as 15 students took the percussion musical instrument in their hands and began reciting the lessons given by Sreedharan Peringode and Subramanian Peringode. “There is no other institute in Kerala offering training in Edakka, the only percussion instrument on which you can render songs,” said Nheralath Harigovindan, son of legendary Sopanasangeetham maestro Nheralath Ramapoduval.

Among the students learning Edakka in the special Edakka Kalari set up six feet below the ground level at the Kalasramam are a four-year-old child and a 45-year-old man.

There has been no community, caste or sex bar at the Kalari. The classes began after the students placing their ‘dakshina' at a sacred place where the Edakka of Nheralath Ramapoduval has been installed.

The students watched video presentations depicting the glory of Edakka.