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The Chenda legacy of Kerala

The percussion instrument Chenda of Kerala, South India is quite unique. This drum is a mandatory accompaniment to performances of many unique art forms of Kerala and local festivals.

Chendamelam, or the ritual playing of chenda, has several styles known as thayambaka, pandimelam, pancharimelam, etc.

The video here shows the performance of thayambaka by a group of chenda players.