Left Handers Day: This leftie depends on YouTube to learn 'Chenda'
Kozhikode: Being left-handed has made this percussion artiste face discrimination from many quarters. Kozhikode Tali native R Kedarnath is still confused why people are viewing left-handed persons with disgust. Grandson of poet R Ramachandran, Kedarnath has been practicing Tabla for 16 years and Timila for 4 years.
When Kedarnath wanted to learn Chenda, many experts avoided him because he was left handed. Because all of them believed the drumstick should be held first with right hand only. However, Kedarnath was not ready to give up. Now he is practicing Chenda with the help of YouTube.
"My son is left-handed from childhood. I have never tried to convert him into right-handed. If people can do everything done by right hand with left hand too, who should we change? I bought scissors, pen, knife, pencil and sharpener for left-handed people via online for him," said Kedarnath's father Ramachandran, who is also the district president of 'Sakshama', the organisation for differently abled people.
"People react very badly when I eat with left hand and receive holy offering from temples with left hand. But it's natural for me. I don't understand why people are getting so irritated over this," Kedarnath said. Kedarnath has proven his skills in percussion at many festivals. Pookkad Sivadasan, Bharath Raj and Sreekanth Devipur are his teachers in Tabla and Ottappalam Hari teaches Timila.