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The year long celebrations devised by Keli to mark its 20th anniversary now enters the final stage. The celebration took off with a 3 day Children’s rhythm festival featuring around 100 prodigies. Second phase was a festival of Thayambaka exploring its vanishing and rare traditions lead by the young Thayambaka exponent Panamanna Sasi.

Pandi Melam is one of the major forms of chenda melam. Comprising of instruments like chenda, ilathalam, kombu and kuzhal, Pandi melam is capable of creating a fascinating sound environment,rhythmic patterns and percussive accents unique to the world. Pandi melam is basically a 7 beat ensemble.

Thayambaka is an intricate and aesthetically formulated rhythm work. It is believed to have flourished during the 1900s, spans an average of 90 minutes. It begins at a slow pace before scaling on to a medium tempo and eventually culminating in high, frenzied speed. Thayambaka allows maximum individual freedom to..

About Keli

KELI is a Mumbai based organization registered as a Charitable trust striving to preserve, develop and propagate the classical cultural heritage of India, many of which are now on the verge of extinction. Keli has been active in this field for the last 20 years and during this period, has successfully handled a number of important projects in furtherance of its objectives. The annual Keli festivals, structured thematically every year, are well known to artists and art lovers of the City and have earned the organization a significant place in the cultural life of Mumbai.

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