Tripunithura: Dr Nandini Varma, a Ayurveda doctor, will be a surprise for all. When men dominated performance of Thayambaka, a solo Chenda performance, this lady dared to try her luck in this art with great passion. Within a short period, this woman proved that she can manage percussion as well as medical practice.
Nandini’s passion for the art won her many laurels as a noted artist. In 2011, she won Kottakkal Krishnankutty Aasan Memorial award for Thayambaka.
In 2015, Nandini and husband Hareesh entered Limca Book of Records for staging the first couple Thayampaka performance.
Dr Nandini Varma is daughter of Tripunithura Kozhikkal Madam Mohanachandra Varma and Jayasree Varma. Her husband Hareesh Marar, a professor in Tripunithura RLV college is also a popular chenda artist. The couple performed in over 25 stages and won hearts of percussion lovers.
Since childhood, she loved to enjoy Chenda Melam and Kathakali at Sree Poornathrayeesa temple in Tripunithura. Hence, she vowed to enter the world of rhythm by learning chenda.
Initially, she learned chenda under Tripunithura Gopikrishnan Thampuran and later she became the disciple of Thrissur Sankarankulangara Radhakrishnan. After learning Chenda, she joined for higher studies in Thayambaka under Poroor Unnikrishnan. She used to practice Thayambaka for 10 hours continuously when she joined the class.
Dr Nandini performed in more than 500 stages in Kerala and abroad so far.
Dr Nandini passed BAMS in 2010 from Ollur Vaidyarathnam Ayurveda college. She has been running Ayurvedic treatment centre at Tripunithra since 5 years. Along with medical practice, she learns Kathakali percussion from her husband.
“I wish to explore Ayurveda and Thayampaka alike to improve my skill as a doctor and artist,” said Dr Nandini.
She also expressed her interest to teach Thayambaka to her daughter Thrayee Narayani.