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Last Updated Tuesday September 26 2017 02:42 PM IST

Wah Ustad! When tabla romanced chenda

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Cherpu (Thrissur): Peruvanam lend its ears as the tower of rhythm rose. The village of legendary percussionists had heard nothing like this.

The moment Ustad Zakir Hussain let his fingers loose on the tabla, the spell was cast. Tens of thousands of people, musicians to mundane listeners, started snapping their fingers and tapping their feet to the magical beats.

When the maestro lifted his arms to the heavens in his characteristic sign-off, the audience were longing for more. Their wish was granted.

It was the Ustad’s turn to get enamored when Mattannur Sankaran Kutty held the stage. Hussain was all smiles as the Tayambaka bloomed. He was ready for more action.

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The tabla and the chenda embraced each other in a rare jugalbandi that lasted an hour. The divine drums interacted with each other in perfect symphony.

Hussain was in Peruvanam on the invitation of Mumbai-based Keli Arts and Cultural Association to inaugurate the 25th anniversary of the collective. He was ushered in to the stage with a chenda performance befitting a king. Peruvanam Kuttan Marar led 50 percussionists to present a spectacular Pandimelam on chenda. Later, Kuttan Marar, P K Narayanan Nambiar, Annamanada Parameswara Marar and Thrikkoor Rajan presented a memento to the tabla legend. Minister V S Sunil Kumar and C N Jayadevan MP also presented mementos to Hussain.

Hussain lighted the lamp before the portraits of Kumarapuram Appu Marar, Peruvanam Narayanan Nambeeshan and Chathakkudam Krishnan Nambiar.

Hussain enthralled the audience with his magical tabla, with Dilshad Khan accompanying on sarangi.

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