The doyen of percussion, Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, who was hospitalised due to exhaustion during the early part of the day, to lead renowned ilanjitharamelam.
He joined the melam a few minutes after it started on Monday afternoon
Hospital sources said the exhaustion was due to extreme heat. Also he had fever yesterday. He was given first aid and rushed back to the melam venue and given the lead by Kelath Aravindakshan Marar who was in control during Kuttan's absence for a few minutes.
Kuttan Marar has created a record in Pooram history, leading Ilanjitharamelam for the 21st year in a row. He has been part of this melam for the last 40 years.