Sunday, April 11, 2021

Kalamandalam Sivadas

Chenda Artist
Chemanchery | Kozhikode

As the name suggests he is a well known Percussion artist who had his professional education in “Chenda” from Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthi. Being a talent that is inherited over generations, obviously his first teacher is his father. Sivadasan was  born to Naanu Marar and  Thanka Marasyar near Mattannoor at Kannur. He is also cousin of the well known percussionist Sree Mattannoor Sankarakutti Marar .

Most of his teachers were his relatives themselves who had a great role in moulding him as a well talented artist. They include his elder brothers Narayana Marar & Kalamandalam Ramachandran. Besides he was also trained and taught by Varaanasi Maadhavan Namboodiri, Kalamandalam Balaraman, Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan , Kalamandalam Vijayakrishnan, Kalamandalam Rajan , Kalamandalam Radhakrishnan, Kalamandalam Varanasi Narayana Namboodiri. Though he had a rich training under such great artists he also went for special trainings in “Panchavadhyam” under Mattannoor Sivaraman, Kalamandalam Sreedharan Nambeeshan and Kongattu Madhu. He was trained to perform “Kshethradiyanthiram” by Ulliyeri Shankara Maaraar & Kondamvalli Kunhikrishna Maaraar. He had his debut performance in Chenda when he was 7 years old and now emerged out as an artist with an experience of over 3 decade.

He is highly skilled in performing Thaayambaka melam, Kadhakali Melam, Panchavadhyam and had performed at Thrissur Pooram, Nenmara vallanki, Guruvayoor and at most of the temples in Malabar. He has many students all over Kerala. One of the event to be mentioned is “Samarppanam” conducted in 2014 as a tribute to him where around thousands of his students honoured him with their performance.

Though he works as a Chenda instructor at Cheliya Kathakali Vidyalayam since 1997 , he could widen his stage of performance to other states of India and also to foreign countries like Abudhabi, Dubai, Sharja etc,.

Nisha, his wife , who works as teacher at Abhayam Special School ( Chemancheri) is there behind all his growth . They are blessed with two daughters; Unnimaya and Nandini .

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