An ensemble of chenda drummers accompanied by ilathaalam (heavy brass cymbals) that create cascading rhythmic patterns which, with their ever increasing crescendos, transport the audience into a rapturous frenzy.
Kallur Ramankutty Marar
Born to Kallur Marath Kunchumarar and Madhavikkutty Marasiar in 1952, Ramankutty Marar trained in chenda under Mankurissi Neelakantamarar (Appamarar). He trained in panchavaadyam under Champakkulangara Chandrasekharamarar. One of the most prominent performers in the Palakkadan style, Kallur (as he is affectionately called by aficionados) enchants his audience with his distinct style of the different aspects of Thaayampaka.
Unnikrishnan was born in 1964 to Porur Marath Krishnamarar and Radha. He belongs to a family that has produced a number of illustrious chenda artistes. Unnikrishnan trained under Thiruvegappura Shankunnippothuval and had his arangettam at the age of ten. He later trained in panchavaadyam under Ramamangalam Ramamarar. With his amazing control over the instrument and effortless improvisations, Unnikrishnan has been a towering figure the field of Thaayampaka for more than four decades now. In his illustrious career, he has performed with such doyens of Thaayampaka as Alapparamaba Shivaramappothuval and Pallavur Appumarar.