One of the star attractions of Thrissur Pooram is Ilanjithara melam, the ultimate experience for percussion lovers and Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, the star percussionist, completes 40 years of his journey with Ilanjithara Melam.
The melam got its name because on Thrissur Pooram day, Ilanjithara melam is held under the Ilanji tree which will begin at 2 pm. The Ilanji tree or Mimusops elengi is situated on the compound of Sree Vadakunnathan temple.
For Pooram lovers, ‘Ilanjithara Melam’ is the most delightful music feast to the ears. But its speciality is that the Ilanjithara Melam is an unrehearsed impromptu performance by nearly 300 artistes who have never played together before. Over so many years, what made Peruvanam stand apart is his presence of mind and dedication.
For the last two decades, he holds responsibility of ‘Pramanam’(being the head of the melam) for the largest percussion assembly in the world and Peruvanam Kuttan Marar feels blessed and fortunate. He first took up the ‘Pramanam’ of the Ilanjithara Melam’ in 1999 and has been in the lead role of the percussion ensemble all these years. It has been more than 40 years since he started drumming for the pooram.
Melam connoisseurs remember Peruvanam communicating to his team members through gestures and sometimes rolling his eyes at the percussionists.
Over so many years, what made Peruvanam stand apart is his presence of mind and dedication.