PALAKKAD: The 60th birth anniversary celebrations of percussion maestro Mattanur Sankarankutty began on a colourful note on Friday. The event titled ‘Shruthimelanam’ was held at the ground of Government High School at Vellinezhi. The rhythmic beat of the drums and the melodious notes of the other musical instruments enlivened the venue.
However, heavy rains played a spoilsport and led to the delay of many events like actor Shobhana’s dance. The celebrations began at 8.30 am at the nearby Olloppomanna mana at Vellinezhi. The rest of the functions were held at the high school ground where the maestro had worked as a teacher.
Mattanur Shankarankutty’s guru, Sadanam Vasudevan, inaugurated the function by lighting the traditional lamp. This was followed by nadaswaram kacheri by Thiruvizha Jayashankar and Haripad Murugadas. In the morning, the conference, which had been organised as a part of the celebrations, was inaugurated by Kerala Kalamandalam Vice-Chancellor P N Suresh. Speaking on the occasion, Suresh said that Mattanur Sankarankutty was not a person whose birthday celebrations should remain confined locally. He is an asset of our state. “The people of Kerala should cherish him,” he said.
The conference was followed by a double keli with Kalamandalam Krishnadas and Kottakal Prasad on the chenda and Kalamandalam Shankar Warrier and Arun Dev Warrier on the Maddalam.
O N Damodaran of Olloppomanna mana introduced Mattanur to the audience.
In the afternoon various ‘kurus’ of panchavadyam was performed. Kalamandalam Balaraman performed the ‘pathikalam’, Kalpathy Balakrishnan performed ‘adantha’, ‘chembada’ by Shukhapuram Dileep, ‘navam’ by Kalanilayam Udayan Namboodiri, ‘Sreekaram’ by Irungapuram Babu, ‘Panchari’ and ‘Chemba’ by Manjeri Haridas and Panamanna Shashi. Around 100 artistes showcased their performance.