‘Abhivadaye’ seems to be on the life and music of mridangam exponent Parameswaran Namboothiri
Nonagenarian Kongorpilly Parameswaran Namboothiri’s life is devoted to the mridangam. For over 50 years, he has been practising, performing and perfecting his artwork. At 91, dwelling together with his daughter in Parali, Palakkad district, Parameswaran Namboothiri continues to be fascinated by the magic of the mridangam and teaches it to a bunch of devoted disciples.
In his lengthy musical profession, Parameswaran has accompanied many veteran musicians together with Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, D.Okay. Pattammal, L. Subramanyam, Okay.B. Sundarambal, Madurai Somu, T.N. Seshagopalan and S. Kalyanaraman. He performed an energetic position in organising the yearly Guruvayur Sangeetholsavam (music pageant), which is now popularly often called the Chembai Sangeetholsavam, performed in honour of Chembai on the Guruvayur temple.
To pay tribute to the mridangam vidwan, Kerala-based artiste Gireesan Bhattathiripad has written and directed a documentary titled Abhivadaye.
To be launched on July 24, the one-hour documentary traces mridangam vidwan Parameswaran Namboothiri’s musical journey. “It is a gurudakshina offered to him by his disciples and well-wishers,” says Gireesan, who took two-and-a-half years to full the venture.
Gireesan took Parameswaran to Poomully Mana, in Peringode, Palakkad district, the place the place he was initiated into music. Poomully Mana, recognized for its connoisseurs who inspired artwork and artistes, has hosted musicians together with M.S. Subbulakshmi, T.R. Mahalingam and Hindustani classical musician Sarathchandra Marathe to title a number of. It was right here that Parameswaran met Chembai, and the 2 grew to become finest pals. Soon after that, Parameswaran would journey with Chembai, performing with him at each live performance.
Poster of the documentary by Gireesan Bhattathiripad
While speaking in regards to the documentary, Gireesan mentioned that he didn’t rely a lot on the script. “I just wanted the camera to follow him as he savoured the experience of travelling back in time. When we went to Poomully Mana and Chembai gramam (village) in 2018-19, Parameswaran was overcome with emotion. It was, to him, an awakening of memories that he holds close to his heart,” says Gireesan.
Parameswaran is without doubt one of the few artistes in Kerala who has carried out the ‘nila sadhakam’— a observe of performing via the night time, for 27 nights, seven occasions. And in the course of the lengthy years that he spent in Chennai, Parameswaran performed for a lot of veteran musicians. But as soon as he went to Kerala to be a part of Akashvani in Thrissur, he withdrew from stage performances. His solely live performance after becoming a member of AIR was on the inaugural day, when he carried out with Chembai. Even although he was not performing for concert events, Parameswaran continued to train and organise the Chembai music pageant, dealing with the whole lot from co-ordinating with artistes to planning their itinerary and managing different logistics.
When the thought to make a movie on Parameswaran was first mooted by his disciples, Gireesan took the initiative as his son, Sreehari Bhattathiripad is a pupil of Sanoj Poongad, a protege of Parameswaran. “The documentary is a mark of respect to a great artiste and a teacher,” Gireesan says.
‘Abhivadaye’ shall be launched on YouTube on July 24.