Mizhavil Thayambaka: a traditional Kerala percussion performance

The Mizhavu is a copper drum performed as a accompaniment during Koodiyattam, the only remaining relic of Sanskrit theatre. In 1963, Paynkulam Rama Chakiyar Asan, staged a performance at a private venue outside temple premises for the first time and created history. In 1965, the asan went on to form a department for Koodiyattam, in the Kerala Kalamandalam, and opened up the learning to aspirants outside the Chakiyar and Nangiar communities. In this video, Kalamandalam Rajeev and Kalamandalam Ravikumar lead an exclusive Thayambaka adapted for the Mizhavu, at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam, as part of the Onam celebrations organised by the District Tourism Promotion Council, Kollam, on 6 September 2017.

 

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Mittayi Theruvu 2017: Subid Ahimsa makes toys with trash

Here’s the second video of three I made, also in Malayalam, on Subid Ahimsa‘s session with children at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam, narrated by Sasikumar Vallikkatte. Subid makes ingenious toys from trash and has a calm and quiet way of dealing with children. At a time when the whole world is trying to figure out how to deal with the waste humans generate, Subid’s work is of great importance particularly in Kerala where consumerism is going overboard.

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