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---- Previews on : TravelKerala . TV ----Percussion instruments can be termed as almost all pervasive in the world of music. It is essentially a means for rhythm, which is vital to most forms of music. The sounds, vibrations and the tone of percussion instruments vary according to the size and nature of materials used to make them.
Most of the percussion instruments used in Kerala are chiefly made of wood and with playing surfaces made of animal skin. The instruments are played either with sticks or with fingers and palms of the hand or a combination of all the three. Among them one could find unique ones like the Mizhavu, the popular Chenda, the divine Thimila, the classical Mridangam and the smallest of percussion instruments used in Kerala - Thappu.
This video film showcases percussion instruments of Kerala with highlights on its manufacturing, style of playing, traditions attached and their role in the socio-cultural and religious life of Kerala, India.
- Precussion instruments in Kerala are Thappu, Mizhavu, Maddalam, Mridangam, Thakil, Thimila, Edakka and Chenda.
Panchavadyam - Panchavadyam is the most popular and traditional orchestra of Kerala. The word Panchavadyam means five instruments, comprising Maddalam, Edakka, Thimila, Ilathalam and the horn Kombu. Panchavadyam is performed by a group of artists standing in rows facing each other. Panchavadyam is of significance during most of the festival occasions, religious processions and also during cultural events.
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