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Fans gear up for maestro’s birthday in Kochi

Chenda maestro Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar (left) and actor Jayaram exchange pleasantries on Monday. Photo: Vipin Chandran

Chenda maestro Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar (left) and actor Jayaram exchange pleasantries on Monday. Photo: Vipin Chandran  

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Sankarankutty showered praises on Jayaram for his dedication to learning ‘Chenda’ recital, which began at Vellinezhi.

A shared sense of admiration, uninhibited respect and great bonding make for a perfect guru-shishya (teacher-disciple) relationship, feels percussion maestro Mattannur Sankarankutty, who gets spiritually young by the day as his fans are gearing up to celebrate his 60th birthday ( shashti poorthi) on August 22.

Sharing the dais with his fond disciple actor Jayaram at a ‘meet the press’ programme oraganised by Ernakulam Press Club as part of its Onam celebrations on Monday, Sankarankutty said where percussionists stood in a melam (percussion ensemble) hardly mattered if minds were in perfect sync. “Jayaram and I share that rare chemistry regardless of our positions in a melam,” he said, hinting at a recent controversy.

Sankarankutty showered praises on Jayaram for his dedication to learning ‘Chenda’ recital, which began at Vellinezhi . “I’ve been fortunate to have great gurus for everything I’ve done, from mimicry and cinema to the Chenda,” said the actor.

“If my great uncle Malayattur Ramakrishnan and Fr. Abel mentored my mimicry talents, director Padmarajan shaped the actor in me. While doing a shoot near Vellinezhi some 10 years ago, I was told Mattannur Sankarankutty stayed nearby. I requested him to teach me the art. I’ve stayed at his place several times over to learn the finer points of Chenda recital. As a great teacher, he has the rare ability to convey the toughest things in manner that is easily comprehensible,” he said.

For Sankarankutty, his stay at Jayaram’s residence in Chennai last month to teach him day in and day out reminded him of his own days as a budding learner of the art. “While Jayaram devotes a chunk of his time to cinema, he places equal emphasis on learning and practising the Chenda, which is why he’s my most favourite shishya,” said Sankarankutty. Unlike in the past, people across communities were coming forward to pick up the art, he said. Sankarankutty was honoured at the event.

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