Ganamela ,Orchestra in Cochin,Trichur

Ganamela is a concert wherein various films songs are sung in a stage. Although not a traditional art form in the state, this form can pull crowds in large numbers. The history of such an event dates back to the days when film songs started to hit the common people in a massive way. Due to the evergreen nature of those old songs, these are also sung even in present Ganamelas. The first ganamelas are believed to have no accompanying instruments. As time progressed, more and more instruments began to be incorporated into the event. This event then got bifurcated into big and small ganamelas based on the number of people participating in it.

The popularity of the event gave life to many singers & instrumentalists. Many persons turned into the singing career after ganamela became popular in Kerala. The profession exposes their talent, earned them money and fame.

Orchestra has become a part of ganamela and concerts. An orchestra includes different kinds of musical instruments. Orchestra is used as a support for the ganamela. Orchestra alone is also used in certain events. It can evoke a melodious background. Now, there are smaller concert societies who perform independently.

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