PALAKKAD: The Vellinezhi village where percussion maestro Mattanur Shankarankutty Marar has been teaching Chenda throughout his career is all set to celebrate his 60th birthday.
The celebrations titled ‘Shruthimelanam’ will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Vellinezhi Government High School ground, said organising committee chairman M B Rajesh MP and general convenor Vellinezhi Anand.The celebrations will begin with the flag-hoisting at Olappamanna mana on Friday. Sadanam Vasudevan, the guru of Mattanur, will light the lamp.
After this, there will be a nadaswara kacheri by Thiruvizha Jayashankar and Harippad Murugadas. The meeting to be held in the morning will be inaugurated by Kerala Kalamandalam VC P N Suresh. Olappamanna Damadoran Namboodiripad will chair the meet.It will be followed by a ‘double keli’ by Kalamandalam Krishnadas and Kottackal Prasad.A birthday feast will be served in the afternoon.
There will be a performance of varied styles of thayampaka by around 100 artists at 3pm. At 6 pm, there will be a dance performance by Shobhana. It will be followed by a fusion by Sivamani, Balabhaskar, Stephan Devassy and Alappuzha Karunamoorthy. There will also be a ‘theyyam’ performance.
On Saturday, there will be a concert by Pallavur Krishnankutty and a clarinet concert by AKC Natarajan. Subsequently, there will be a panchavadyam performance by AnnamanadaParameswara Marar, Cherpalassery Sivan, Thrichur Mohanan, Paanjaal Velukutty and Machaad Ramakrishnan Nair. Later, Peruvennum Kuttan Marar will perform pandimelam. The valedictory function in the evening will be inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister K C Joseph.