Girls shatter the glass ceiling in Kerala and set the stage on fire with their performance of thimila – The New Indian Express

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THRISSUR: Then three girls took to the stage on Friday for their first performance after practicing on the percussion instrument thimila, another male stronghold collapsed in Kerala Kalamandalam in Cheruthuruthy. PJ Devika, Sreedevi and Sruthimol delighted in doing their ‘arrangettam’ during the panchavadyam performance at the revered Koothambalam of the famed institution. Last year, nine female students made history when they were admitted to the kathakali vesham course in Kerala Kalamandalam. It was the first time girls had done it since Kalamandalam was established 90 years ago.

Traditionally, male performers took on the roles of female characters in Kathakali. Just like in the case of Kathakali, there was also a gender barrier to learning Thimila. And that has now become history. “I’ve always been hypnotized by the rhythm of panchavadyam, so I dreamed of being part of the drum team,” says Devika.

“As we learned Carnatic music, we became familiar with the “thalam” (rhythm). But when it comes to instrumental music, we have to apply some pressure on the instrument to create music. “While classes were held once a week, the trio mastered the art by training with senior male students during their free time.

Rachitha Ravi, head of the dance department at Kalamandalam, says there is no direct admission for girls in the thimila class. , and they performed their arangettam,” she said.

The second semester will end in November. The girls were educated by Kariyannoor Narayanan Namboodiri. “He agreed to train us even after the end of our course. We want to continue training in thimila,” says Devika.

Comparing different percussion instruments, she says, “When you play the chenda, you have to hang it on your shoulder. But maddalam should be held close to the waist. Since the thimila is weightless, we need to balance it properly while playing. Also, chenda students should practice on a stone and maddalam students on a wooden board. But thimila students should practice with the original instrument.

“The three female students who have opted for the thimila course have thoroughly enjoyed their opportunity,” says P Rajesh Kumar, Registrar of Kerala Kalamandalam.

THRISSUR: Then three girls took to the stage on Friday for their first performance after practicing on the percussion instrument thimila, another male stronghold collapsed in Kerala Kalamandalam in Cheruthuruthy. PJ Devika, Sreedevi and Sruthimol delighted in doing their ‘arrangettam’ during the panchavadyam performance at the revered Koothambalam of the famed institution. Last year, nine female students made history when they were admitted to the kathakali vesham course in Kerala Kalamandalam. It was the first time girls had done it since Kalamandalam was established 90 years ago. Traditionally, male performers took on the roles of female characters in Kathakali. Just like in the case of Kathakali, there was also a gender barrier to learning Thimila. And that has now become history. “I’ve always been hypnotized by the rhythm of panchavadyam, so I dreamed of being part of the drum team,” says Devika. “As we learned Carnatic music, we became familiar with the “thalam” (rhythm). But when it comes to instrumental music, we have to apply some pressure on the instrument to create music. “While classes were held once a week, the trio mastered the art by practicing with senior male students during their free time,” she points out. Rachitha Ravi, head of the dance department at Kalamandalam, says that there is no direct admission for girls in the course of thimila. , and they performed their arangettam,” she said. The second semester will end in November. The girls were tutored by Kariyannoor Narayanan Namboodiri “He agreed to train us even after our course was over. We want to continue training in thimila,” says Devika. Comparing different percussion instruments, she says, “When you play the chenda, you have to hang on the shoulder. But maddalam should be held close to the waist. Since the thimila is weightless, we should balance it properly while playing. Also, chenda students should practice on a stone and maddalam students on a wooden board. But the thimila students must practice with the original instrument. “The three female students who have opted for the thimila course have thoroughly enjoyed their opportunity,” says P Rajesh Kumar, Registrar of Kerala Kalamandalam.

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