Music from India

Tayambaka by Kallekulangara

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  • Cultures

    Kerala (Malayalee)

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 28

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  • Recording locations

    In front of the Chovallur Shiva temple, Kerala.

  • Performers

    Kallekulangara Achuthan Kutty Marar (centa drum), Unidentified (cymbals), Unidentified (centa)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    This percussion ensemble is performed on a stage in front of the main temple in Chovvallur during an annual temple festival. Tayambaka is regarded as the jewel of the improvised styles in Kerala. Tayambaka consists of mainly three stages and unifies composed and improvised patterns. Kooru, the middle section, is performed in 14-beat rhythmic cycles (captured on this recording). The solo drummer is Kallekulangara Achuthan Kutty Marar, a well-known drum master from central Kerala who plays the centa (cyndrical drum) in this piece. The accompanying musicians have to support the solo player in every respect having the difficult task of following his changes of tempo. They play ilatalam (cymbals), itantala (treble centa) and valantala (bass centa). The artists speak the south Indian language Malayalam.

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