Striking right notes

Kudukka veena looks simple from outside but for a performer, it is quite complex an instrument as it needs real acumen to play and master it.

Published: 08th August 2019 06:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2019 06:45 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

KOCHI: Kudukka veena looks simple from outside but for a performer, it is quite complex an instrument as it needs real acumen to play and master it. One of the notable young performers of it is Devadath S Marar, who, at the tender age of 11, has proved he is in control of it and is serious about continuing his onward journey.

On the Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple premises last week, Devadath impressed the audience with a brief Carnatic performance. Be it the keerthana Mahaganapathim (Natta raga), Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma (Madhyamavathi) or devotional song Ashtamirohini Nalil, Devadath struck the right notes on the single-string instrument, which is made also using coconut shell and leather.

Devadath had learnt the nuances two years ago from his father Kavil Sundaran Marar, a percussion maestro known for his versatility and improvisation. The Class VI student had his thayambaka arangettam at the age of nine and has been joining panchavadyam on idakka at major venues.

My father began performing kudukka veena and that’s how I started developing interest. I’ve been playing idakka for sometime and it helps. I want to carry on performing both,” said Devadath.“Devadath has also been learning Carnatic music, which helps him play kudukka veena with confidence and composure. I feel happy that he’s taking interest in playing it. He stays focused, which is the key. I’ve confidence in him,” said Sundaran Marar.

Kudukka veena is considered as old as idakka, but was used as a training instrument for mastering the latter. Believed to have its origin at Ramamangalam near Piravom, Kochi, the instrument gained popularity through Thrikkampuram Krishnankutty Marar. Sidelined later, it regained attention thanks to Sundaran Marar, who learned, performed and later taught several aspirants in his native Kottuvally near Koonammavu, Kochi. And young Devadath is following in his footsteps, confidently.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp