Peruvanam Kuttan Marar

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Peruvanam Kuttan Marar
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Peruvanam Kuttan Marar performing Melam at Sree Poornathrayesa Temple, Thrippunithura
Background information
Birth name M Sankara Narayanan
Born (1953-11-25) 25 November 1953 (age 60)
Peruvanam, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Occupations Percussion Artist
Instruments Chenda
Years active 1963–present
Website www.peruvanam.com

Peruvanam Kuttan Marar (Malayalam: പെരുവനം കുട്ടന്‍ മാരാര്‍) is a chenda artist. He leads several popular traditional orchestra performances in Kerala. He is a recipient of Padma Shri award in the year 2011 for his contributions in the field of art.[1]

Early life[edit]

Peruvanam Kuttan Marar was born to a family of chenda artists in Peruvanam, Thrissur, Kerala. His grandfather, late Peruvanam Narayana Marar and his father, Late Peruvanam Appu Marar were also well known chenda artists. His teachers include his father, Peruvanam Appu Marar, Kumarapuram Appu Marar and Sreenarayanapuram Appu Marar.[2] He made his debut with Chenda at the age of 10. He performed at festivals in nearby temples including Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple.[3] He also joined as a clerk in C N N Boys' High School, Cherpu at the age of 20.[4][5]

Career as an Artist[edit]

Sree Peruvanam Kuttan Marar and group performing Melam at Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, Thripunithura.

Kuttan Marar features in prominent temple festivals of Kerala including Thrissur Pooram, Peruvanam pooram, Kollam Pooram and those at Guruvayur Temple.[3][6][7] He leads the famous Ilanjithara Melam of Thrissur Pooram.[3][8] Kuttan Marar started performing at the Ilanjithara Melam from 1977 and has been its Pramani since 1999.[9]

(Partial) listing of temples where Peruvanam Kuttan Marar has performed :

  1. Panangad Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple
  2. Thripunithura Poornathrayeesa temple
  3. Vaikom Mahadeva temple
  4. Guruvayur temple
  5. Ilankunnapuzha temple, Ernakulam
  6. Kuttanelloor temple, Thrissur
  7. Manalaarukaavu temple, Thrissur
  8. Puzhakkarakkavu temple, Moovattupuzha
  9. Paramekkavu temple
  10. Vadakkumnathan temple
  11. Thamarakulangara temple, Tripunithura
  12. Kottaram Bhagavathy temple. Maradu
  13. Ernakulam temple
  14. Peruvanam temple
  15. Aarattupuzha temple
  16. Chinakathoor temple
  17. Malliyoor Mahaganapathy temple
  18. Irinjalakuda temple
  19. Kodunthirapully Adikesava Perumal Temple, Mahanavami, Palakkad
  20. Cherpu Bhagavathy temple
  21. Paliam Siva Temple

(Partial) listing of artists who perform with Peruvanam Kuttan Marar on a regular basis :

  1. Tiruvalla Radhakrishnan
  2. Peruvanam Satheeshan Marar
  3. Kelath Aravindakshan Marar
  4. Pazhuvil Raghu Marar
  5. Chowalloor Mohanan Nair
  6. Chowalloor Mohanan Warrier
  1. Anthikkad Ramachandran
  2. Anthikkad Padmanbhan
  3. Peruvanam Sankaranarayanan
  4. Peruvanam Shivan
  5. Peruvanam Prakashan
  6. Peruvanam Krishnan
  7. Maniyamparambil Mani Nair
  8. Kizhoot Nandanan

In Popular Culture[edit]

C. Venugopal and K. Ramachandran produced a 45 minute documentary on Kuttan Marar, named Pranathi.[10]

Awards[edit]

  1. Keli Melasooryan Award 2012
  2. Sangeetha Nataka Academy Fellowship 2012
  3. Pallavoor Puraskaram 2012.
  4. Padma Shri award in 2011.
  5. Kerala Sahitya Academy Fellowship 2010.
  6. Veerashringhala 2000
  7. Arattupuzha Sri Sastha Award
  8. Sri Guruvayurappan Award
  9. Keli's promising Artist Award 1999
  10. Keli's Golden Conch 2005
  11. Keli's Lifetime achievement Award 2009
  12. Kala Darpana Award
  13. Nada Purnathrayee Award
  14. Adaraneeyam Award
  15. Mela Kala Chakravarti
  16. Vadyotama Award
  17. Melakalanidhi

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=69364
  2. ^ "Melam artistes should not play to the gallery: Peruvanam". The Hindu. 8 May 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, percussionist". The Hindu. March 2, 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ http://wikimapia.org/779032/P-e-r-u-v-a-n-a-m-N-a-d-a-v-a-z-h-i
  5. ^ http://www.spiderkerala.net/resources/3714-Vadya-Kala-Chakravarthy-Peruvanam-Kuttan-Marar.aspx
  6. ^ "Guruvayur all set to celebrate Ashtami Rohini". The Hindu. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Grand finale to Kollam Pooram". The Hindu. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  8. ^ http://thrissurpooramfestival.com/thrissur_pooram.html
  9. ^ "A feast to the ears of percussion lovers". The Hindu. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Life as an ace helmsman". The Hindu. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.