Jayaram as a chenda player

JayaramJayaram and Kadambari in a scene from Swapaanam

Popular Malayalam film actor Jayaram, a skilled percussionist in real life, will be seen beating the drums on the silver screen too.

Known for his natural acting and comedy-tinged roles, Jayaram, who has also acted in several Tamil films, is doing the role of a chenda player in the upcoming film by eminent director Shaji N Karun.

Chenda is a wooden percussion instrument used in temple rituals and festivals as well as classical and folk art forms like Kathakali and Theyyam in Kerala. The film, Swapaanam, shooting of which is progressing at a village in Palakkad in Kerala, explores the inner struggles and agonies of a skilled chenda player and how the exceptional creativity of the artiste alienates him from his own family and village. Jayaram, who used to find time to perform chenda at temple festivals despite his busy shooting schedules, has already appeared playing the instrument in some of the films but this is for the first time that he is playing a full-length character of a percussionist. Besides Jayaram, around 150 percussionists from across Kerala are also appearing in the film.

The movie journeys through various phases of the life of a man including love, insanity and death.

Kadambari, an US-settled Odissi dancer, is the heroine in the movie while popular actors Siddique and Vineeth appear in significant roles. The film is scheduled to release during the Onam season in September.

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