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 my video of the Hindustani classical music concert at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam, by Ajit K Subrahmanian, Roshan Haris and Bijesh Balakrishnan N. Also featuring a photo exhibiton of transgender people by Harikrishnan.
A dredger drifted onto Kollam beach and ‘showed’ how vulnerable our coasts are, and how any disruption to the longshore drift will have serious implications on the coastline and its communities. I made a short video on this.
Here’s my video mix of three songs performed by Sarath Aalaps at the World Music Day 2016 event at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam.
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.
Mathayi Sunil, John P Varkey, Ajiesh Anto, and Rohin Roy, in concert at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam, on 14 November 2015. Photo by AJ Joji Alphonse.
Here’s my video on the practise sessions of the Leaves of Grass ensemble just before they performed at the Puthenthope church grounds, on 22 December 2015. Photo by AJ Joji Alphonse.