Cultural festival by Kochi Muzris Biennale 2014

Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) will feature a four-month-long performing-arts festival showcasing the country’s rich heritage across region and centuries. Collaborating with 25 cultural groups, about 650 artistes,  will participate in the event. 

Traditional classical art forms of India will be showcased in biennale from 29 Nov 2014. Thrissur and Eranakulam districts will be the venue of the cultural programmes. On Nov 29, at Changampuzha part, Edapally, Kochi,  the four-months long festival will begin with Thayambaka, the traditional percussion orchestra of Kerala by Sukapuram Dileep, Udayan Namboothiri and team.

Seminars and discussions with artists who performs the traditional art forms is the special feature of the festival. The art forms of Kerala - Kathakali, Mappilapattu (Mappila songs), Nangiarkoothu, Chavittunatakam and Yakshaganam from Karnataka will be staged in the festival. Eminent artists like Kalamandalam Gopi, Sarojini Nangyaramma, Usha Nangiar, Sajana Kapoor, VKK Hariharan, Payyannoor Ramachandran, Thambi Payyapilli etc. will participate in the discussions.

Kathakali performances on four different stories will be conducted at Changampuzha Park, Edapally, Ernakulam from 8 to 11 Dec 2014. Kalakeyavadhom, Bakavadham, Kalyanasoughandhikam and Kirmeeravadham,the stories commonly called Kottayam kali (Kottayam plays) are played here. Chavittunatakam, the dance drama commonly based on the stories from Bible is performed at Gothuruthu at Paravur, Eranakulam from Dec 26 to 30.

From January 6 2015, Nangiarkoothu will be presented by Usha Nangiar, Dr Indu G and Kalamandalam Sangeetha in a three day programme at RLV College, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam. Yakshaganam from Karnataka will be conducted on February and Chau dance, the tribal dance by Gopal Dubay and team will be on March. Mappila fest, a festival showcasing the tradition and culture of Muslim community will be on 7th and 8th of March. 'Goshree Peruma', a program which includes seminars and discussions on the cultural heritage of Kochi is scheduled on 13, 14 March 2015. Chavittunatakam, band music and gazals will be conducted on this occassion. The event will also conduct drama festival on 21 and 22 March.

Riyas Komu, the director of programmes of KMB 2014, Keli Ramachandran, curator of the cultural festival, Nangiarkoothu performer Usha Nangiar,  Mizhavu artist VKK Hariharan and  Chavittunatakam student Fr Gilbert Antony Thacheri participated in the press meet.

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