KOZHIKODE: The exciting experience when Mattannur Sankarankutty starts playing the chenda is unparalleled.
Sankarakutty, who will turn 60 this month, is without doubt, a pioneer percussionist of our generation. His life and journey towards success can now be read in his autobiography ‘Kalapramanam.’ The book, published by DC Books and prepared by Sreejith K Warrier, gives an insight into some of the most personal emotions and incidents in Sankarankutty’s life. Unfortunately, Mattannur Sankarankutty was unable to attend the releasing function of the book at Hotel Alakapuri here on Monday, as his car collided with a motorbike at Paravoor when he was returning home. He informed the organisers that he was well. His son Sreekanth attended the function in his place.
K B Raj Anand, who introduced the book, said that the language used in the book was simple and could be enjoyed not only by people who are into playing any instrument, but also by anyone who has the reading habit. “Though the book is an autobiography, the best part about it is that nowhere in the book has he bragged about his achievements nor has he mentioned any other fellow artiste in bad light.” He went on to add, “The book gives his fans and followers a peek into all those incidents in his life which he would not have discussed to anyone in his life before.”
The book was launched by writer T Padmanabhan, who said, “I do not know much about his field but I have always enjoyed his performances and it gives me intense pleasure in launching this book.”