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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Yaanam: Art and Sculpture exhibition by Krishna Janardhana

Krishna is an old friend and IMO among the best artists of his generation from Kollam. Here’s my video of his solo exhibition which also has visuals of the art workshop he conducted for children where they had to draw with their eyes closed listening to various kinds of music.

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