Let’s wait for the next Thrissur Pooram: Sathyan Anthikad
“I remember a cartoon of OV Vijayan published on Mathrubhumi. It featured a man standing on a huge ground with his hands wide open and saying 'I have no walls to jump and no chains to break, how could I escape from this freedom'?,” recollects director Sathyan Anthikad.
He stated that when he stood alone on Thrissur Thekkinkadu Maidan, he remembered this cartoon that was published on the occasion of Independence Day.
“It is a strange situation. Thekkinkadu Maidan remains empty. It is for the first time in my life, I am seeing such a sight,” said the director with the agony of a Thrissurite.
“Sreenivasan and I used to walk through Thekkinkadu Maidan when we were staying at Elite Hotel engaged in the script work of 'Gandhi Nagar Second Street'. I still remember, a Thrissurite recognized Sreeni during the walk and made a comment on him. ‘What happened Sreeni etta. walking like a dog that went to watch Pooram?, the man asked Sreenivasan. Sreeni immediately responded, ‘I don’t know the way you watch Pooram'. The man enjoyed his joke and told Sreeni’s reply was like firework,” Sathyan Anthikkad narrated an experience from down the memory lane.
Narrating the incident, Sathyan Anthikkad noted that Thrissurites always connect with Thrissur Pooram even in their jokes.
“Thekkinkadu maidan, the venue of Thrissur Pooram used to turn like a sea of human beings during the colourful ‘Kudamattam’ during Thrissur Pooram. But when I visited there, only the sound of leaves trembling in the wind greeted me,” said Sathyan Anthikkad about the transformation of Thekkinkadu Maidan amid the lockdown.
“I remember a shooting during Thrissur Pooram. Shooting my film starring Jayaram was progressing at Kozhikode. Jayaram is also passionate about Pooram and he knows percussion also. When I was explaining the scene to cameraman Vipin Mohan, Jayaram approached me and told a secret in my ear. "Ilanjithara melam is about to begin. Can we watch it live on the TV inside the room", he asked me. And I got tempted with his offer. But I was not ready to cancel the shooting. So I planned a shot which needs more effort to make the light arrangements. Trolly and crane were essential for that shot. Vipin told me that they need at least one and a half hours to light up. Then I replied to him, "take two hours but the shot must be perfect." After giving the task to Vipin, Jayaram and I enjoyed Ilanjithara melam on TV,” the popular director revealed about his passion for Thrissur Pooram.
Sathyan Anthikkad added that as a child he used to enjoy Thrissur Pooram rather than Onam and Vishu.
“During childhood, I used to eagerly wait for Thrissur Pooram. My uncle’s house is near Thrissur Sankara Iyer Road. So I used to rush to his home three days before the Pooram. There was a small group of children, who are my relatives, to enjoy the magnificent Thrissur Pooram. Nobody questioned us when we used to roam here and there on those days,” he shared a childhood memory.
Narrating his memories of Thrissur Pooram, Sathyan Anthikkad pointed out that it’s time to think on the future.
“This disaster time will pass. We will have the best days back soon. The courtyard of Vadakkumnathan will welcome all with its glory. The colourful Kudamattam will again treat us here. The next ‘Thrissur Pooram’ will entertain us with the fireworks. So, let’s wait for the next Thrissur Pooram with all its fervour. Let’s hope for a grand celebration without any worries in the future,” said Sathyan Anthikad.