‘Abhivadaye’ looks at the life and music of mridangam exponent Parameswaran Namboothiri
Nonagenarian Kongorpilly Parameswaran Namboothiri’s life is devoted to the mridangam. For over 50 years, he has been practising, performing and perfecting his art. At 91, living with his daughter in Parali, Palakkad district, Parameswaran Namboothiri is still fascinated by the magic of the mridangam and teaches it to a group of dedicated disciples.
In his long musical career, Parameswaran has accompanied many veteran musicians including Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, D.K. Pattammal, L. Subramanyam, K.B. Sundarambal, Madurai Somu, T.N. Seshagopalan and S. Kalyanaraman. He played an active role in organising the yearly Guruvayur Sangeetholsavam (music festival), which is now popularly known as the Chembai Sangeetholsavam, conducted in honour of Chembai at the Guruvayur temple.