Generally there are 7 types of melangal viz: Panchari, Champa, Chempada, Adantha,Anchadatha, Druvam and Pandy. The earlier 6 melams are called " Chempada melangal" and they are one way or other closely associated and the model is the premier one "Panchari". Of all "Pandy" stands distinctive. There are few artists to perform all these melangal at an equal ease with total dedication, interpretation, meditation, skill & talent.
Singari melam is an art and rhythm of kerala which was doing with kottu chenda,thalam and valanthala. It should be minimum with 12 peoples to maximum up to 100 peoples and mostly used for temple functions,marriage,vip visit and shop openings. Nowadays it was also being used in tamilnadu,kerala,Karnataka,Andhra,madhyapradesh etc. Singari Melam is the perfect sound of music for your recreational celebrations.
Usually the Panchavadyam troupe consist of 40 artists. It is divided as 11 Thimila players, 5 maddalam players, 2 Idakka players , 11 kombu players , and 11 elathalam players. All these players has their fixed positions. It is anchored and led by the timila artist at the centre of his band of instrumentalists , behind whom stand the ilathalam players. The Maddalam players stand opposite to them in a row and behind them stands the kompu players. The two idakka players stand on both sides of the aisle separating the timila and Maddalam line up. For Shanku the position is behind the Idakka players. The panchavadyam starts with the blowing sound of shanku. Usually panchavadyam is performed in the temple festivals. This art is more familiar in Mid Kerala. The famous form will be conducted in Thrissur Pooram. In pooram this is known as Madathil varavu Panchavadyam. It is conducted by the famous Thiruvambadi Temple troupe.
Clearly perceptible, widely acclaimed, "pandimelam" attained towering heights due to its performance in "Elajitharamelam" of Paramekkavu in Thrissur pooram. The pandimelam is distinct from other Chenda melamgal. The fundamental change is the use of stick in both hands. Pandi is like climbing a stair case. No. Of Steps + Landing again No. Of Steps + Landing and finally at the top of the tower (explosion of sound) The "takeoff" is in an entirely different format called "Kolumbal/Koottiperukkal" which is an enchanting experience.
Performing on Chenda with one stick and hand (R&L) is the simple identification of this form. Divided into 3 steps in 5 "Kalams" the concert starts at 96 "aksharakalam" and ends at 6 "aksharakalam". The 3 steps are classified through the mode of using the stick. The first one "Nerkol" ( slow) is beating directly perpendicular to the surface ofChenda. On to second step both beats are in swinging mode with a slight inclination. The second stage is called "Thakkida" (Normal)and third as "Kuzamarinja" kalam (Fast)step. The wrist of the hand will fully rotate in the third. "Kalamidal" ( take off) is the foundation of Panchari and the blue print will be ready after the "12th chempada vattam" (Aksharakalam" divided by 8 is one chempada vattam). The melam starts (airborne) at the second part of Vilambakalam(pathikalam) - called Varthikam. The melam smoothly travels to 2nd , 3rd 4th & 5th Kalam ( in 6,3,1½,3/4 – chempada vattams)and completes in "Theerukalasam". The 5th kalam is entirely different & more jubila. Listening to "Panchari" themelam with an eminence" is like watching the Tidal waves from shore.
a colorful ritual dance of Kerala that attributes great importance to the worship of heroes and ancestral spirits, is a socio-religious ceremony. The Theyyam festival usually held in from October to May every year. The colorful pageantry, the enthusiastic crowd and the religious favor are all worth witnessing. Every village in North Kerala was bound to perform it in connection with the local shrine (Kavu). Theyyams are performed before the shrines. This sacred dance is believed to bring about well being for the society and the family. Theyyam also called Kaliyattom presents divine forms as well as heroes from history and myth. The indigenous theyyam cult under the influence of the great classical Indian tradition incorporated new ideals and legends. It is a unique combination of dance music and also reflects the main features of a tribal culture. Theyyam performance has an aura of divine splendor as its accompanied by rituals and other devotional hymns. Certain dangerous feats performed by the Theyyams are again attributed to the divine power vibrating in them during the performance like "Thaiparadevatha theyyam, Theechamundi theyyam, Puthiya Bhagavathi theyyam etc."
Kathakali literally means story-play and is an elaborate dance depicting the victory of truth over falsehood.A Striking feature of Kathakali is the use of elaborate make-up and colourful costumes. This is to emphasize that the characters are superbeings from another world, and their make-up is easily recognisable to the trained eye as satvik or godlike, rajasik or heroic, and tamasik or demonic.It is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion.