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Drumming and Chanting in God's Own Country
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# Song Title   Time
1)    Ayyappan Pattu - Ayyappan Nair
2)    Maddalam Chenda Keli - Satheesan Marar/Perumanam Hari/Cherpu Mani
3)    Kombu Pattu - Kumath Raman Nair/Cherpu Mani/Anilan/Sajid Y Pintura Fresca
4)    Gita Govinda - Nyerelate Rama Pooduval
5)    Gita Govinda - Nyerelate Rama Pooduval
6)    Kuzhal Pattu - Cherpu Mani/Komath Kuttan Paniker
7)    Athanta Melam - Chenda Melam Orchestra
8)    Gita Govinda - K.P. Sivaraman Pooduval
9)    Panchavadyam
 
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Performer Notes
  • Includes liner notes by Rolf Killius.
  • Personnel: Ayyappan Nair, Dasan (vocals); Komath Kuttan Paniker (oboe).
  • Liner Note Author: Rolf Killius.
  • Recording information: Ayyappan Velakke Temple Festival, Thrikkur, Trichur Dis (12/17/1995-02/04/1997); House Of KP Sivaraman Pooduval, Cherplussery, Malapuram (12/17/1995-02/04/1997); House Of Nyerelate Rama Pooduval, Angadipuram, Malapura (12/17/1995-02/04/1997); Krishna Temple, Thrikkur, Trichur District (12/17/1995-02/04/1997).
  • Photographer: Rolf Killius.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Thrikkur Gopi; Krishnan; Peruvanam Gopalakrishnan; Perumanam Hari; Thrikkur Rajan; Peruvanam Prakhash; Nyerelate Rama Pooduval; Krishnan Kutty; Cherpu Mani; Chenda Melam Orchestra; Kallur Raghu; Nandan; Purushothaman; Komath Kuttan Paniker; Urakam Anil; Thrikkur Manikandan; Peruvanam Venu; Sivaram; Janet Topp Fargion; T.H. Subash Chandran; Trichy Sankaran.
  • There's a huge range of Hindu devotional music in the Indian state of Kerala, which sits on the Arabian Sea, separated from the rest of the subcontinent by mountains. In that isolation, the music has taken on interesting tones; some traditions, like the massive percussion orchestras or the use of the C-shaped horn called the kombu, have remained almost static, while the singing in the temples can sometimes offer a mix of Arab and Indian styles that's definitely beguiling. To hear the kombus playing, however, is something remarkable, as on "Kombu Pattu." The sound is certainly of the earth, but some of its qualities are unearthly. The vocal pieces, too, offer remarkable textures, as on "Ayyappan Pattu," which feels like nothing less than a journey. Many of the pieces stretch out gradually ("Athanta Melan" is over 12 minutes long, for example), allowing for full enjoyment of the music. A fabulous record from a place few really know exists. ~ Chris Nickson
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