Week long Kathakali festival at Kozhikode

Thodayam Kathakali Yogam, a Kathakali club based at Kozhikode, Kerala, India  who organises monthly Kathakali (classical performing art of Kerala) programmes and awareness classes for the last 25 years, is celebrating its Silver Julibee. As part of the concluding session of the silver jubilee year, Thodayam is going to conduct an Aatta sapthakam, seven day long Kathakali festival, from 21- 27 September 2014,  which include seminars, demonstrations and familiarisation classes too.

The story Nalacharitham is to be staged in the evenings of all the seven days of the festival. Nalacharitham is the story of an ordinary King Nalan, who by fate facing many difficulties in his life.  The story Nalacharitham is taken from Mahabharatha.  Attakatha, Kathakali version of the story was written by Unnayi Varier and usually been played in four parts, in four days. But here at Thodayam Festival, it is going to play in seven parts, by including some more interesting scenes from the Attakatha, directed by Kalamandalam Vasu  Pisharady.

Seminars, discussions and demonstrative classes (all in the vernacular language Malayalam) enrich the morning and afternoon sessions in all these days. Apart from Nalacharitham Attakatha, some other aspects of Mahabharatha will also be discussed in detail, during these sessions. The venue is
Padmashree Kalyana Mandapam, Tali, Kozhikode. The programme details are follows.

21 /Sept/2014, Sunday:
09.30am- Inagural function
10.30am- Seminar- The war tactics of Sreekrishna (Maha Bharatha)
12.30pm- Lecture- Poetic aesthetics of Nalacharitham Attakatha
04.00pm- Familiarisation class on First part of Nalacharitham
05.30pm- Kathakali- First part of Nalacharitham

22/Sept/2014, Monday:
10.00am- Seminar-Morality in Mahabharatha
02.30pm- Lecture- character comparison between Nalan & Dharmaputhra
04.00pm- Talk by the makers of the cinema ‘Swa panam’
05.00pm- Familiarisation class on Second part of Nalacharitham
06.00pm- Kathakali- Second part of Nalacharitham

23/Sept/2014, Tuesday:
10.00am- Seminar- Oaths and revenges in Mahabharatha
02.30pm- Lecture- Nalacharitham Attakatha
04.00pm-- Familiarisation class on Third part of Nalacharitham
05.30pm- Kathakali: Third part of Nalacharitham

24/Sept/2014, Wednesday:
10.00am-Seminar- Chronology of the war
02.30pm-Lecture-Time and temper (based on Nalacharitham)
04.00pm- Familiarisation class on Fourth part of Nalacharitham
05.30pm- Kathakali: Fourth part of Nalacharitham

25/Sept/2014, Thursday:
10.00am- Seminar- The fall of Dhuryodhana (Mahabharatha)
12.00noon- Lecture- Nalacharitham study based on the versions of different authors-Vyasa, 
Unnayivarrier, Mazhamangalam etc
04.00pm- Familiarisation class on Fifth part of Nalacharitham
05.30pm- Kathakali: Fifth part of Nalacharitham

26/Sept/2014, Friday:Concluding Day
10.00am- Seminar-legend and history of Mahabharatha
02.30pm- characterisation creation in Nalacharitham
04.00pm- Familiarisation class on Sixth part of Nalacharitham
05.30pm- Kathakali: Sixth part of Nalacharitham

27/Sept/2014, Saturday:
10.00am- Moral responsibility in Mahabharatha
02.30pm- Lecture- Nalacharitham Attakatha
04.00pm- Familiarisation class on Seventh and concluding part of Nalacharitham
05.00pm- Concluding Meeting of the Festival
08.30pm- Melappadam (Percussion Orchestra), Purappadu (introductory performance)
Then Kathakali: Seventh and concluding part of Nalacharitham


Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi,  Nelliyodu Vasudevan Nambuthiri, Sadanam Krishnankutty, Kalamandalam Balasubrahmanian, Kalamandalam Kesavan Nambuthiri, Kottakkal Kesavan Kundalayar, Kottakkal Devadas, Dr. Ettumanoor Kannan, Peesapalli Rajeevan, Kalamandalam Harinarayanan, Margi Vijayakumar, Chambakkara Vijayan, Kalamandalam Shanmughan, Kottakkal C M Unnikrishnan, Sreeharipriya Nambuthiri (all actors and last one actress), Kottakkal Narayanan, Pathiyur Sankarankutty, Kottakkal Madhu, Kalamandalam Babu Nambuthiri, Kalamandalam Rajeevan, Kalamandalam Vinod, Nedumpalli Rammohan (all singers), Kalamandalam Balaraman, Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan, Kalamandalam Krishnadas, Kottakkal Prasad, Kalamandalam Nandakumar, Kalamandalam Balasundaran, Sadanam Ramakrishnan, Kottakkal Vijaya Raghavan, Maneesh, Ramanathan (all are Chenda percussion artists), Kalamandalam Narayanan Nair, Kalamandalam Harinarayanan, Kottakkal Ravi, Kottakkal Radhakrishnan, Kalamandalam Rajnarayanan, Sadanam Bharatharaj, Kalamandalam Hariharan, Kalamandalam Aneesh (all are Madhalam percussion artists),  Kalamandalam Sivaraman, Kalamandalam Padmanabhan  and team (Chutty/make up artists).
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