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Padmini-Ramana dhyani, Sopanam Sangeetam by Venugopala Marar
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On the veranda of a traditional Kerala house, Perumutagara village, Thrissur district, Kerala.
Venugopala Marar (singer, male, aged 53), Mahendran Marar (Kerala ‘talking drum’ itakka)
Mr. Venugopala Marar (53) sings the song ‘Padmini-Ramana dhyani’ from the Sopanam Sangeetam genre. The piece praises of Lord Padmanabha (Vishnu) and his wife, the goddess Padmini (Lakshmi). Venugopala Marar supports himself on the cennala plaque and Mahendran Marar (17) plays the Kerala ‘talking drum’ itakka. Venugopala is the resident Sopanam singer and itakka player at the famous Hindu temple in Tripraya (central Kerala). He sings in the south Indian language Malayalam.