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Maddalam Keli, percussion ensemble

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  • Cultures

    Kerala (Malayalee)

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 60

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  • Recording locations

    under a tiled roof in front of the rock temple, Thrikkur, Kerala.

  • Performers

    Perumanam Hari (maddalam), Purushothanam (maddalam), Cherussery Kuttan Marar (bass centa), Cherpu Mani (ilatalam cymbals).

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Keli is a percussion ensemble, which features one solo artist playing either centa (cylindrical drum played similar to a marching drum) or maddalam (a horizontally played drum). Although the structure is similar to tayambaka its emphasis is not on improvisation, but on the performance of compositional elements. There are two forms of keli – maddalam (two or more maddalam-s and one ilatalam) and centa keli (one maddalam, one centa and one ilatalam), depending on the combination of instruments. In this track we have selected the beginning part of a maddalam keli. The solo maddalam player, Mr Perumanam Hari is supported by Purushothanam (maddalam) and Cherussery Kuttan Marar (bass centa), and Cherpu Mani (ilatalam cymbals). The artists speak the south Indian language Malayalam.

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