Yet another idophonic instrument, it is in the shape of a round leaf. When too round tiles collide thanks to a hole in the middle through which a rope is inserted and pulled. The two hit each other and sound is produced. Ilathalam is used in Chendamelam and Koottiyattom for talam.
Elathalam, or Ilathalam (Malayalam: ഇലത്തളം), is a metallic musical instrument which resembles a miniature pair of cymbals. This instrument is completely made out of bronze and has two pieces in it.
Elathalam is played by keeping one part of the cymbal in left hand banging the other cymbal to the left hand. Even though this instrument is small by size, it does have more thickness than the common cymbal, and thus gives a distinct chime.
Elathalam is never a lead instrument but is used in a number of ethnic Kerala. percussion ensembles like Panchavadyam, Chenda melam and Thayambaka besides by second singer on a Kathakali stage. besides providing the beat in Kuzhal Pattu and Kombu Pattu.
An idophonic instrument kuzhithalam though similar to ilathalam in shape, it is smaller in size. Used in nagaswaram, Chakyarkoothu, Bhajana and Ottanthullal along with other dance instruments for talas.
Leading elathalam masters elathalam
:Cheriyath Thanku Marar, Chelakkara Unnikrishnan, Maniyamparambil Mani, Kothachira Sekharan Nair, , Pallavur Raghava Pisharody, Pookottur Sasidharan (Asiad Sasi).