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Njeralath Rama Pothuval

Born on 16th February 1916 at a village named Anakkara in Palakkad District of south India in Kerala , Njeralath Ramapothuval is the eldest son of Koodallur Kurinjikaavil Marath Sankunni Maaraar and Janakipothuvalsyar. Most of his childhood stage was spend in his ancestral house of Njeralath beside lord Sree Rama temple. He inherited the art of playing Idaykka from his uncle Njeralathu Karunakara Pothuval and later on scaled new heights to establish an indelible mark in this field. It was an art which was unique of its kind in the world of music. Sopanasangeetham is the genre he popularized - a genre which is exclusively belongs to the state of Kerala in south India. This genre is also known as Kottipaadiseva or serving the gods and goddesses by singing songs , praising them.Njeralathu Raama Pothuvaal, a renowned artist, who rejuvenated Sopaana Sangeetham-the traditional temple music of kerala -enthralled the music lovers of kerala for a decade. He brought out this art from the walls of the temple and made this art popular among the people There are six different documentary films based on his life and music. 'Sopaanam' is his biography which also implemented has a study materials for the University students . He received more than 10 different awards and fellowships from both govt. and NGOS within his 80 years of life. In 1996 august 13 Raama Pothuvaal died leaving a great art form in his name.

(Thanks sunil for the link!!)

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2009-08-18 15:46.

I am saddened to find that the link to njeralthu.com given above doesn't work. Probably because Njeralthu Harigovindan or his friends who set up the site in the first place couldn't afford to keep it up anymore.

Please see the interviews Harigovindan has given to Lal Jose on youtube. It is an insult to all self-respecting Malayalees that someone like Raama Pothuvaal does not have a more exalted postion than he now has on the cultural firmament of our homeland.

We need to get together and do something about it.

George/New Delhi