Wednesday 29 December 2021

Grandeur of Kathakali which never fails to awe - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

For the 'Kathakali branthan' sold to the grandeur of Kathakali, no other art form can stand in comparison to what is in reality, a larger than life visualisation through dance and drama. And amongst the reputed plays forming the repertoire of this art form, 18th century writer Unnayi Warrier's attakatha Nalacharitam takes pride of place. 

For Kalakshetra's three day Kathakali festival Bhava Bhavanam Anubhavam, the first day's presentation comprising scenes from the 4th part of Nalacharitam, had its curtain raiser in a neatly rendered Purappadu invocation by dancers of Kalakshetra.

Almost co-eval with this festival was South Zone Cultural Centre sponsored Kathakali evening, featuring Prabal Gupta in streevesham, in a new work conceived by him, to fit into the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' series, on 'Desh bhakti'

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