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Thiruvilwamala Hari

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I am Harigovindan also known as Tiruvilwamala Hari. I was born on 22nd August, 1964 in Tiruvilwamala, a village in Trichur District, Kerala. My father, the Late Panayamkandath Appunni Poduval, was a well known “Thimala” percussionist.  He also handled other percussion instruments with equal ease.  I was studying for SSLC  when he passed away,  incidentally on  my birthday – “Avittam naal”. My mother, Oorakath Poduvattil Sathyabhaama Poduvalsyar, was a teacher in the UP Section of Meetna School.

I completed my elementary education from Pampady LP School, and primary/secondary education from Tiruvilwamala High School.

At the age of 8, I had an opportunity to study at “Guruvayoor Temple Vadya Vidyalayam”. However, as my mother wanted me to focus on my school education, as per her wish I had to reluctantly give up the plan, though I stood first in the selection list for the course,

My father was my inspiring force and he instilled in me the interest in percussion instruments. After completing my SSLC, I trained for “Temple Routine Percussions” under the guidance of Sarvasri: Panayamkandath Appu Poduval, Krishna Poduval and Tiruvilwamala Kesavan Nair. I was also the disciple of Sri Pookattiri Divakara Poduval for “Thayampaka”, while I learnt primary lessons on “Thayampaka” from Sarvasri Thrikkangode Sasi Poduval and Sivaraman Nair. I studied “Edakka” under the able guidance of Sri Thichoor Mohanan and “Sopanasangeetham” under Parppore Bala Panicker. I was also fortunate to study “Edakka” under  the veteran artiste  Late Sri Nharalath Rama Poduval.

Recognitions received include the following:

  • “Ponnada” and Cash award from” Shirdi Sai Baba Trust”
    Gold Medals In recognition of completing 15 years as an “Edakka” artiste from various “Pooram Committees” namely:
  • “Avanangat Kalarikkal Chaathan Seva Madam”
  • “Minalur Kuttiyankavu Desam”
  • “Uthrali Kavu Pooram Committee, Wadakanchery Desam”
  • “Parakkottu Kavu Pooram Committee, Pampady Desam”
  • “Karimkutty Kavu Ayyappa Temple” Tiruvilwamala
  • Trichur Pooram, Thiruvampady Temple”
  • In 2011 “Kalasaagar Award” – in commemoration of the Late “Sri Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval”.
  • Reception by the “Qatar Malayali Association”

I have also conducted “Panchavadyam” during the first ever “Trichur Pooram” arranged in Bombay.

I have been participating in “Panchavadyams” with “Pallavoor Thrayam” continuously for 10 years.

I was referred by Thiruvanchikulam Naanu Marar for participation in “Trichur Pooram Panchavadyam”.

Recognitions received

  • Ponnata” and Cash award from” Shirdi Sai Baba Trust
  • Avanangat Kalarikkal Chaathan Seva Madam
  • Minalur Kuttiyankavu Desam
  • Uthrali Kavu Pooram Committee, Wadakanchery Desam
  • Parakkottu Kavu Pooram Committee, Pampady Desam
  • Karimkutty Kavu Ayyappa Temple” Tiruvilwamala
  • Trichur Pooram, Thiruvampady Temple
  • In 2011 “Kalasaagar Award” – in commemoration of the Late “Sri Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval
  • Reception by the “Qatar Malayali Association”
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