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.
Here’s the first in a series of videos on the World Music day 2016 event at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam. It features one folk song by Mathayi Sunil and Sarath Aalaps.
Here’s the second and final video of the 8 Point Art Cafe summer camp. Cine actor Mani Varnan engages the children brilliantly through a series of games and songs, and the fun activity at a mud flat created specially for the camp are the highlights of this video.
We know play is the way children build ideas and how they make sense of their experience and safety. 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam, organised a summer camp for children largely focused on creative playing. Here’s the first video I made in a two-part series on this wonderful summer camp. Click here to watch video.
A video slice of the laid-back life in the hills.
My nephew’s baby girl got baptised and I’m grand uncle now.
A portrait of a 69-year-old artist as a wonderful person.