To call Pooram a festival or ritual may be demeaning – undoubtedly an adrenaline pumping spectacular display of human vivacity without digital interference! (Pooram is a temple festival held every year in the central and northern parts of Kerala between Jan – May).
My fascinations for Pooram are for reasons truly simple – instrumental music – Panchavaadyam and Pancharimelam! (five-instrumental and four-instrumental (percussion+wind) performances played rhythmically in full throttle)
artistes stand in rows facing each other
may be for better understanding between notes
may be fanning mutual inspiration
a performance of high volt it is
they need the synergized energy
accelerating beats and blows
powerfully shuts off
all decibels in proximity
sync in soon with the crescendoing harmony
or feel throttled sooner
those electrifying acoustic vibrations
inject a wave of enigmatic energy into my nerves
the overpowering harmony keeps me hypnotized
all other music are trifling cacophonies
and I revel in the rhythm of encircling euphoria
consuming gallons of amphetamines
impulsively expelled by the orchestrated crescendo
Click here for the magnetic spell this music casts on spectators!
(Click on the image for larger view)
Pooram is an experience one of its kind – ‘a phantasmagoria of sorts’ – a fascinating, flamboyant experience that always leaves me not just exhilarated but restlessly contemplative….
I love the paraphernalia –
decorated umbrellas, ornated golden head cover, ornamental fan – but
I feel uncomfortable
amidst those towering majestic denizens of residence different
ordered to pose poise, assembled to stand unmindful of
orchestrated decibels that thundered high and
clamoring cacophonies of crowd inimically excited!
They do look majestic and royal ….but they also unsettle me totally! I highly adore their tolerance level – but I implore – this part needs reworking!
Final fireworks – Grand finale that’s connived to speak for the grandiose of events – a series of fireworks of all kinds to showcase the exemplary culmination of the event. It was just once did I witness this final cataclysmic display of pyrotechnics. It lasted just for a few minutes but the accelerated heartbeat lasted longer!
Earth trembled beneath my feet
as buried balls exploded within
threatening, deafening, maddening
cells within rushed nervously
clicks went jittery
the show lasted but a few minutes
effects lasted and lingered on!
-a certain death promoting extravaganza it seemed!
The images were clicked during Thalappoli (a miniature version of Pooram) at Kalladathur Temple, Padinjarangadi, Palakkad Dt., Kerala