IndiaHow do 'these men' live in the absence of Pooram?

How do ‘these men’ live in the absence of Pooram?

By Shruti C.R.

It has been a festive season in temples in Kerala since the end of November. The long six months are followed by small holidays and big holidays. These six months are also the lifespan of the people who depend on festivals for their livelihood. Their journey is from Poorapparamba to the next Poorapparamba without returning home. There has been no Pooram season in Kerala for the last two years due to the spread of Covid. And what has disappeared is the thousands of people who depend on the holidays and their livelihoods. * Mini *, a native of Alathur, Palakkad, was engaged in the sale of palm sugar, which was called ‘Panam Chakkare …’ from house to house during the festive season. After the spread of the corona virus, they stopped selling palm sugar at home. At present, Mini and Panamchakra are not for sale. There is only one plastic cover in hand. പനംകല്കണ്ടമാണ്. 120 per cover. “Palm sugar is not sold because of the corona. It can not be sold there because there are no festivals. Panamkalkandam is sold. It is good for cough. When the corona comes, it is difficult for many people to get rid of the cough. As the Corona spread, many buses stopped service. Minnie’s business is now riding her son’s bike. Enter only the houses that give permanent, and only outside the sales gate. – They say. * Arangottukara Sivan (Sivadas M.), a Chenda scholar from Arangottukara village on the Thrissur-Palakkad border, has been involved in the fair for the last 40 years from Thrissur Pooram to Nemmara Vallangi Vela. “I have lost two full seasons in my career,” says Arangottukara Sivan. “There has never been a situation like this except when I got sick and could not attend one or two festivals. For so long I have been very enthusiastic about art. During the six-month festival, I would go to the fair every four months.” After six months of mela in Poorapparambu, Lord Shiva teaches children Chenda. Lord Shiva has ended this teaching which has been going on for 35 years with the expansion of the corona. Chenda does not teach children online. Art is about seeing children face to face and teaching them to sit next to them. – Says Shiva. * R Ambujakshi, a native of Mullurkara Attur in Thrissur district, started going to Kalam Panthal for the Pulluvan song from the age of four. He is now 72 years old. The Pulluvanpattu season will be extended to Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram districts from November to the first week of June. Ambujakshi recalls that the last Sarpakkalam event of the year was held on March 8, 2020 at Wayanad Ambalavayal. Since then, two events have been held in February 2021. Pulluvanpattu performed for six months and spent the next six months with that income. Ambujakshi pawned the gold to find something to live on now. In addition, he was treated for Covid-19. They are now singing in some houses in Thrissur in connection with Onam. Without this, Ambujakshi, who is also a Folklore Award winner, is in a dilemma of having to live on a government pension only. “These are the houses that go regularly. Some people will help you with their hands. They say. * Suresh KG, a native of Vadakkancherry, has been working for the last eight years in Uthralikavu Pooram Vadakkancherry Desam Sound and Light (Light and Sound). Suresh does similar work outside Thrissur. “People have canceled all the gatherings together because of the corona. Everyone working in this field is in big trouble,” says Suresh. “By 2020, some new instruments had been purchased. With the advent of the Corona, it was all ‘out of whack’. If not used, all of this would be ruined. Says Suresh. Suresh became a welder after losing his permanent job. The government had announced a grant of Rs 2,000 for artists and those working in the field of sound work. For the first time, Suresh did not receive financial assistance due to lack of work experience. Suresh says he has applied for the second time but has not received the amount yet. “We have to work for more than Rs. * Artist Girish P used to take people by the hand by singing folk songs at festivals. Before Corona, Gireesh had a handful of chances. Presented two or three events a day. With the arrival of Corona, all this stopped – says Girish. Girish is currently a gardener on the Calicut University campus. Girish used to attend events in every department of the university, from clubs to folk choirs. Gireesh used to go to school youth festivals and teach folk songs and folk dances to his children. ‘Actually the events the club had been running had been stopped since the flood. Not all of the club’s celebrations take place now. In the evenings, all the practice at the club stopped. Humans are missing. ‘ – Gireesh said. ****


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