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Tayambaka by Pugatri Divagara Pooduval

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  • Cultures

    Kerala (Malayalee)

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 41

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  • Recording locations

    During the annual Utsavam (temple festival) in Guruvayur temple, Kerala.

  • Performers

    Pugatri Divagara Pooduval (centa drum)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The solo artist Pugatri Divagara Pooduval (deceased) is one of the best-known and most talented centa (cylindrical drum) players in Kerala. His abilities to integrate the accompanying musicians and to create a remarkable 'spherical' atmosphere in his performance are the hallmarks of his unique tayambaka style. Tayambaka is regarded as the jewel of the improvised styles in Kerala. Tayambaka consists of mainly three stages and unifies composed and improvised patterns. This recording is taken from the second section called kooru and is performed with a 14-beat rhythmic cycle. The accompanying musicians have to support the solo player in every respect. For them it is very difficult to follow the main artist, because of the constantly changing speed. The other artists play ilatalam (cymbals), itantala (treble centa) and valantala (bass centa). The artists speak the south Indian language Malayalam.

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