Koodiyattam Festival – ‘Gurusmarana’

‘Gurusmarana 2014’, the12-day Koodiyattam, the Sanskrit dance drama festival by Ammannur Chachuchakyar Smaraka Gurukulam in memory of the maestro of Koodiyattam, Ammannur Madhava Chakyar raised its curtain on 01 July 2014 at Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur district of Kerala. Unlike the last five years, this year the festival, titled ‘Sthrainam’, focuses on the female characters of Koodiyattam.

The festival was inaugurated by Adv.Thomas Unniyadan MLA on 01 July 2014 ,Tuesday at 05.00pm. Dr. Venu G , eminent Koodiyattam artist and director of Natanakairali, the institution for arts, released and presented a book on Koothu called Dasaman Koothu by Aparna Nangiar on the same day. Talks and performances by personalities from various phases of Koodiyattam will also be presented in the festival.

The programs held at the festival from 01 to 12 July 2014 are listed below.

02.07.14 (Wednesday), 05.30 pm: Talk on ‘Heroines of Kalidasa in Kutiyattam’  by Smt. Smt. Kapila followed by a  Koodiyattam performance.
Story : Bhagavadajjukam By Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar, Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar, Ganesh Krishna, Nepathya Rahul Chakyar, Sooraj Nambiar, Aparna Nangiar, Saritha Krishnakumar, Gayathri Unnikrishnan and Archana Nandakumar

03.07.14 (Thursday), 05.30 pm: Talk on ‘Stage possibilities of Bhagavatam Dasamam Koothu today ’ by Smt. Aparna Nangiar followed by followed by Koodiyattam performance.
Story  : Parnasalangam By Margi Madhu chakyar and Dr. Indu G
04.07.14 (Friday), 05.30 pm :  Talk on ‘Acting Potential of female charecters in Kutiyattam’ by Smt.Bhadra P K M followed by Koodiyattam
Story : Soorppanaghaangam By Kalamandalam Sangeeth Chakyar, Archana Nandakumar, Kalamandalam Sindhu

05.07.14 (Saturday), 9.30 am : Lecture Demonstration by  Dr.E.N.Narayanan on ‘The usage of mudras from Hasthalakshanadeepika in Kerala style’. Koodiyattam performance in the evening by 06.30 pm.
Story : Karthyayani Purappau from Subhadradhananjayam By Aparna Nangiar, Saritha Krishnakumar, Athira, Gayathri Unnikrishnan, Sooraj Nambiar, Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar and Usha Nangiar.
Special percussion performance ‘Paani’ by Kalanilayam Kaladharan & team and ‘Panjavaadyam’ by Kalanilayam Prakasan & team will also be held as part of the dance drama.

06.07.14 (Sunday), 9.30 am:  Lecture Demonstration by  Dr.E.N.Narayanan
From evening 04.30 pm, there will be a Seminar and Paper Presentation by Dr. K.P.Sreedevi on the subject ‘Women in Theatre Forms of Kerala’. Smt.Usha Nangiar, Smt. Renu Ramanath, Smt.Ranjini Suresh, Kumari. Sreelakshmi Govardhan, Smt.Kalamandalam Athira and Smt.Kalamandalam Sreeja will participate in the session.
Koodiyattam performance on the story  Randaam Divasam of Subhadradhananjayam Onnamangam By  Sooraj Nambiar, Kalamandalam Krishnendu, Margi Sajeev Narayana Chakyar will be followed.

07.07.14 (Monday), 05.30 pm : Talk on ‘Female characters in Ascharyachudamani’ by  Dr.C.K.Jayanthi followed by Koodiyattam
Story : Mandodari Purappadu  from Asokavanikangam By  Aparna Nangiar

08.07.14 (Tuesday) , 05.30 pm:  Talk on ‘Contribution of Ammannur tradition for the feminine acting of Koodiyattam’  by  Smt. Nirmala Panikker followed by Koodiyattam
Story : Nirvahanam of Mandodari By Saritha Krishnakumar

09.07.14 (Wednesday), 05.30 pm: Talk on ‘Costume and make up of female characters in Kutiyattam’ by Sri. K.P.Narayanan Nambiar followed by Koodiyattam
Story : Nirvahanam of Mandodari By  Aparna Nangiar

10.07.14 (Thursday) , 05.30 pm : Talk on ‘Composition of Hidumbi in Madhyamavyayogam’ by Sri. Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar followed by Koodiyattam
Story : Nirvahanam of Mandodari By  Aparna Nangiar

11.07.14 (Friday), 05.30 pm: Talk on ‘Solo Acting in new Compositions on Kutiyattam’ by Dr. Indu. G followed by Koodiyattam
Story : Vishkambham from  Asokavanikangam By Saritha Krishnakumar & Archana Nandakumar

12.07.14 (Saturday), 05.30 pm : Talk on Female Characters of Bhasa by Dr.K.G.Poulose followed by Koodiyattam
Story : Randaam Divasam of Naganandam Randamangam By Sooraj Nambiar, Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar, Kalamandalam Sangeetha, Kalamandalam Prasanthi.

Supporting Artists: V K K Hariharan, Kalamandalam Rajeev, Kalamandalam Hariharan, Kalamandalam Narayanan Nambiar, Kalamandalam Dhanarajan, Kalamandalam Ratheesh Bhaas, Kalamandalam Ravikumar, Kalamandalam Vineesh, Kalamandalam Jayaraj, Kalamandalam Manikandan (Mizhavu Percussionists), Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan, P Nandakumar, Kalanilayam Kaladharan (Edakka percussionists), Aparna Nangiar, Kapila, Saritha Krishnakumar, Archana Nandakumar, Gayathri Unnikrishnan (Thaalam-cymbals), Kalanilayam Sankaranarayanan, Kalanilayan Haridas, Kalanilayam Prasanth (Make-up)




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