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..