Mattannoor Sankarankutty

Mattanur Sankarankutty (M. P. Sankara Marar) is an Indian percussionist who plays the chenda (a traditional Kerala drum), Thayambaka, Panchari melam, and Panchavadyam. He was born in Mattanur in Kannur district of Kerala.[1] He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009[2] and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2012.[3]

Mattanur Sankarankutty
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Mattannoor Sankarankutty Marar, A Click from Thrissur Pooram 2010.
Born (1954-08-25) 25 August 1954 (age 68)
Mattanur, Kannur, Kerala, India
OccupationPercussionist, Thayambaka exponent
Years active1970–present
AwardsPadma Shri–2007
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award–2012

Mattanur, as he is known, is married to Bharathi, a native of Tirur in Malappuram district. They have two sons, Mattannur Sreekanth and Mattannur Sreeraj. Both Sreekanth and Sreeraj are also popular Thayambaka artists.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Kaladharan, V. (4 November 2005). "Heir to a proud musical legacy". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Untitled Page".
  3. ^ "SNA Awardees' List". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  4. ^ Vikram, Phukan (27 February 2020). "When the drums speak". The Hindu.
  5. ^ Kaladharan, V. (11 December 2019). "Chenda maestro Mattannoor Sankarankutty Marar's beats of ebullience - The Hindu". The Hindu.