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Nanduni Pattu by KK Velikutty

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  • Cultures

    Kerala (Malayalee)

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 63

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  • Recording locations

    Small village near Irinjalakuda, Trissur district, Kerala.

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  • Performers

    KK Velikutty (singer, male and nanduni lute)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    This piece from the nanduni pattu vocal genre was recorded during a special Bhagavati (goddess) family festival celebrated around a small goddess shrine in central Kerala. For this event the singer and nanduni lute player Mr KK Velikutty (62) perform nanduni pattu from noon to midnight. This song praises the goddess and asks her to protect humanity from the evil of our times. Velikutty is supported by the two co-singers and cymbal players TV Balakrishnan and Abilash Kevi. The nanduni is a two-stringed lute played with a wooden plectrum. The upper string is used for the drone and the lower for the melody. Tiny brass cymbals kuzhithalam indicate the beat of the song. The artists speak and sing in the south Indian language Malayalam. (additional input by Arun Varma)

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