The first batch of students from Vadhya Vidhyalayam gave their first public performance of panchavadhyam and pancharimelam — traditional orchestra forms of Kerala — at the Mahalingapuram Ayyappan Guruvayurappan temple on Saturday.

Their performance left the audience enthralled and asking for more.

“I never knew that he would be so interested in this art form until he joined the class. He clearly enjoys it,” said Nitha Subash, mother of 7-year-old Ariya, the youngest in the group, who was visibly excited to perform in front of the large audience.

19 students, including several youngsters studying in schools, were among those who participated in the 2-hour-long performance.

For most students, it was a desire to carry on their traditions that made them take up this temple art form.

“I grew up listening to panchavadyam and pancharimelam. I love the music and was eager to learn the art, I’m happy I finally got to do so,” said Hari Govind, a class VIII student of Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School.

Renowned chenda artiste Peruvanam Kuttan Marar appreciated the efforts put in by the students and the members of the Sree Ayyappa Bhaktha Sabha in organising the event.