Percussion artistes resort to making toy instruments after lockdown
Kunnamkulam (Thrissur): After the lockdown put an end to festivals and events, percussion artistes Chowannur Sudhakaran and Pazhunnana native Sanith started making tiny models of percussion instruments. People are interested to see the miniature forms of the heavy instruments and many are using them as decorative pieces.
Panchavadyam artiste Chowannur Sudhakaran used to attend percussion events and also give training to children earlier, but the lockdown ended all these. As he stayed indoors for a long time, he decided to make miniature forms of percussion instruments.
Sudhakaran had made a small form of Idakka two years ago. So, he made a miniature Maddalam using jackfruit tree and leather this time. The 15-centimetre long Maddalam has a diametre of 5.5 centimetre at one side and 7 centimetre the other side. The middle portion has a diametre of 10 centimetres. It took five days to complete the mini Maddalam.
When he sent the picture of the mini instrument to his friends who make original Maddalam in Palakkad, they were amazed. Though many people asked him for mini form of Maddalam for ornamental purposes, he has not decided to make it a business yet.
Tiny Thimila and Idakka
Pazhunnana native Sanith used to go for percussion events with his uncle Puthussery Ranjith, who is a percussion artiste. After the lockdown, he started making tiny instruments. As many people showed interest to use the miniature forms to decorate their houses and vehicles, he continued to make the miniature forms.
Multiwood sheets are used to make mini Thimila and Idakka. It can be polished finely to look like wood. Thimila has a length of 10 centimetres and Idakka is only 8 centimetres long. As Sanith and Ranjith shared the pictures of tiny instruments with their friends, more people came to know about the art.