Percussion maestro creates script to represent rhythm of Chenda
Kasaragod: No matter the place or language, anyone can now easily understand the rhythm of Chenda, the percussion instrument of Kerala, as percussion maestro Madiyan Radhakrishna Marar from Kanhangad has prepared a script for it. He has used mere four symbols to represent the rhythms of Chenda, so that people speaking any language can understand its oral accompaniment (Vaythari).
The rhythms known as 'Padakkai' and 'Ganapathikkai' are represented using the symbols. All four sounds made using fingers and the stick on Chenda are noted down with the script. He represented the rhythm 'gi kam nakatharakam' of Ganapathikkai as 'O U - U - - U'.
Radhakrishna Marar said that he designed the script with an intention to enable people speaking any language understand the rhythm and practice Chenda. He added that the learner can also understand the number and pitch of the beat with the script.
Kalamandalam former deputy registrar and art critic V Kaladharan said that the script will be helpful to learn Chenda and and its rhythm in a more theoretical way. He added that it should be observed how the script can bring changes in the normal way of learning the instrument by thorough practice.