Drums announce the beginning of Thrissur Pooram


Traditional percussion ensembles offered treat to ears of the Pooram lovers on Wednesday.


Percussion lovers from across the country visit Thrissur just to savour the sounds of the traditional percussion ensembles. Percussionists take pride in participating in Thrissur Pooram.


The main percussion ensembles at the Thrissur Pooram included Panchavadyam led by Kelath Kutappan, Pandimelam led by Kizhakkoot Aniyan Marar and team and the Ilanjithara Melam by Peruvanam Kuttan Marar at the helm.


Hundreds of drummers and pipers and they are surrounded by thousands of percussion aficionados. But not even a single musician went out of rhythm.


Unlike previous years, Kelath Kuttappan led the Panchavadyam of the Madathil Varavu ceremony, the Ezhunnellippu of the Thiruvambadi Devaswom, this time. Madathil Varavau that was started by 11.30 a.m. from Brahmaswom Madam was ended at Naikanal. He led the team as Annamanada Parameswaran Marar was not well. More than 80 artists participated in the melam. Elephant Thiruvamabdi Siva Sundar carried the idol of the Thiruvambadi Bhagavathy. Elephants Thiruvamabdi Ramabhadran and Kuttankulangara Arjunan accompanied the idol.


As the idol of the Bhagavathy proceeded to the Sreemola Sthanam Pandimelam led by Kizhakkoot Aniyan Marar replaced the Panchavadyam.


The famous Ilanjithara Melam began at the Ilanjithara of the Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple around 2.30 p.m. Led by Padma awardee Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, about 250 instrumentalists performed in harmony. It is the prestigious Pandimelam show of Paramekkavu Devaswom.


Waving their hands, hordes of percussion lovers encouraged the artistes. They waved their hands in joy as the chenda and elathalam beats reached the climax. The Pandimelam included more than 100 chendas and equal number of elethalam, kombu and kurunkuzhal. Peruvanam Kuttan Marar has been part of Paramekkavu team since 1977.


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