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Idakka - Photo by VC Arun

P. Nandakumar - Photo by P.V. Jayan (C) 2009Innovation :: Founder-Director of 'TUDI', an institution dedicated to promoting and researching traditional percussion. In addition to idakka and mridangam classes given by P. Nanda Kumar, its activities include the establishment of new programme formats: Idakka Kachei, Naadasamanwayam (instrumental ensembles like veena, venu and violin).

Tradition :: He has performed Nilavu Sadhakam for 29 days in July 1997.

Collaboration :: For many years, P. Nanda Kumar has been associated with three reputed institutions for the performing arts of Kerala:
Chachu Chakkyar Madhom, the institution guided by Padmabhooshan Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, Natanakairali and Natanakaisiki.

He has also accompanied eminent artists in India and abroad:
ICCR tour with Mohinyattam dancer Jayaprabha Menon to Mauritius and East Africa (Dar Es Salam in Tanzania, Zanzibar) 13 to 26 July 2006

Presentation in Workshop "Sam, Reflection, Gathering Together!" July 2005 at Natanakairali in conjunction with University of the Arts Berne (Switzerland)
In September 2003 he visited Switzerland and Germany in conjunction with the Koodiyattam tour of the Natanakairali ensemble from Irinjalakuda
In January 2001 and 2002 he was invited to France for a period of one month
In June 2001 he participated in the South Indian Festival conducted by the French government in Paris