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 third and last video of Mittayi Theruvu 2017, featuring Sara Andreis of Italy, accompanied by musician Ratheesh Eetillam, showing children how to make beautiful puppets from coconuts.
Here’s an unofficial promo of the International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2017.
Here’s my video of VK Sasidharan’s poetry recital at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam.
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.
This video of a library inauguration has the recital of an excellent poem in Malayalam.
Here’s my video on the embodiment of Nandikesan at the Theyyam performed at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam.