Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shinkari melam in Kerala culture..

Shinkari melam , a traditional South Indian drum / percussion ensemble is played differently in the north and South. In the north it is three or four lines of drummers. Panchari melam is another version of this played in North Kerala around Trichur, Trippunithara etc.. .

Shinkari elam is related to Panchavadyam which has edakka, shudhamadhalam and timila (diff kinds of drums) , elathalam (cymbal) and kombu (trumpet). Sinkari melam does not have the kombu or trumpet..

Shinkari melam at a traditional Orthodox church in South Kerala, Mepral Tiruvalla side http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJhkMabzmuE is played between two teams and gives a sort of competitive spirit and reaching peak of enjoyment. 

Shinkari melam ( called Pancharimelam)  in North Kerala, Irinjalakuda, Trichur at a Catholic church festival ..  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET_wo4H-8Yc

Eventough traditionally it is the drum ensemble at temple festivals, it is very hewrtening to see it being played in church festivals too. It shows how much integrated Kerala culture of 2000 years is with the religious belief.

A Panchari melam with actor Jayaraman and Mattanur Sankaran kutty .. http://www.yuvog.com/play/Arts/Panchari_Melam__Jayaram_With_Perumana_and_Mattannur

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