Express press service
KOCHI: A confluence of Indian and Western music, a synchronization of rhythm, melody, style and talent. Percussion magician Mattannur Sankarankutty and famous keyboardist Prakash Ulliyeri, known as the man with the flying fingers, have teamed up to form a band that will provide a melodious experience for music lovers.
Mattannur and Prakash Ulliyeri have conducted many fusion music concerts around the world and the rich experience and feedback from music lovers has inspired the duo to walk the arduous path. ” It’s an experience. We synchronize Chenda, maddalam, idakka, thimila, Ilathalam, drums, guitar, violin and keyboard to create a different music experience. It is an attempt to synchronize the rhythmic beats of percussion instruments with the melodious codes of Western music. Music has no boundaries and is an experience of the soul beyond the boundaries of language. I’m sure it will appeal to music lovers in India and abroad,” said Mattannur Sankarankutty.
“I have been associated with Sankarankutty chettan for over two decades and our relationship is like the beat of music. It was the growing acceptance of fusion music that inspired us to synchronize percussion instruments like chenda, maddalam, thimila and Ilathalam with western music. We held a practice session at Dhoni’s Lead College of Management in Palakkad and the response from the students was overwhelming,” Prakash Ulliyeri told TNIE.
Mattannur’s sons, Sreekanth and Sreeraj (chenda), Kottakkal Ravi (maddalam), who was the main Melam artist of Thrissur Pooram for Thiruvambadi Devaswom, Ottappalam Hari (Thimila), Mattannur Ajith Marar (ilathalam), young artist Abhijith (violin), Aneesh (guitar), Rishikesh (drums) and Mahesh Mani (mridangam, thabala and konnakol) are associated with the group.
“The session generated a lot of enthusiasm and I have completed four compositions in ragas like Lavangi, Charukesi, Madhuvanti and Shanmughapriya. The plan is to present a one-off two-hour concert. suggestions from music lovers to name the band,” Prakash said.