MUDRA – The language of dance and theatre in Kerala

17 10 2015

Mudra

Colloquium, Exhibition, Demonstrations, Film Screenings and Performances 

Celebrating 50 years of dance and theatre notation by G Venu

on 23,24,25 October 2015 at Natanakairali, Irinjalakuda

with assistance from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India

Programme

23rd Oct 

10 am – Opening session

Welcome address – Kapila Venu

Exhibition on Notation of Mudra-s by G Venu inaugurated by Renu Ramanath

Colloquium

‘My journey through Mudra and Notation’ –  presentation by G Venu – Today’s topic ‘The evolution of a system of Notation’

‘Hasthalakshanadeepika in Mohiniyattam’ – Lecture-Demonstration by Nirmala Paniker

‘Mudra- The language of Indian dance’ – Presentation by Sreelakshmy Govardhanan

‘Mudra – In the contexts of traditional and contemporary theatres’ – Presentation by Sankar Venkateswaran

4 pm – Film Screening

Screening of ‘KAPILA’ which won the National Award from the Govt. of India for best film on Culture, 2014 directed by Sanju Surendran. The film will be introduced by the director.

5.30 pm – Book release function

Welcome address – G Venu

Chairperson – Prof.George S Paul

Inauguration – Govt. of Kerala Chief VIP Adv.Thomas Unniadan MLA

Adv.Thomas Unniadan releases the book ‘Mudra- The language of dance and theatre in Kerala’ by handing a copy to Shri E K Keshavan (Secretary, Thapasya – Kalasahityavedi Irinjalakuda)

Felicitation – Shri Agnisharman

Vote of Thanks – Smt.Nirmala Paniker

7 pm Performance

Mohiniyattam Recital by Sandra Radhakrishnan and Parvathy Sreevallabhan (disciples of Guru Nirmala Paniker, Natanakaisiki)

24th Oct

10 am – Morning Session

Welcome address – Pothiyil Renjith Chakyar

Chairperson – Pothiyil Naranayana Chakyar, Palakkad

Inaugaration – Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar

Felicitation – M K Devarajan

Colloquium

‘My journey through Mudra and Notation’ –  presentation by G Venu – Today’s topic ’Notating the hand gestures of Mohiniyattam’

‘Symbolism in dance notation’ – Talk by Surendran Chembukkad

Vote of thanks – Parvathy Sreevallabhan

4 pm – Film screening

  1. Selected portions of Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar’s abhinaya filmed in 1979 for a documentary that is yet to be released
  2. Documentary on Mani Madhava Chakyar made by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi

7 pm – Performance

Shankaracharya’s Saudaryalahari in Nangiar Koothu

Performed by Kapila Venu

Choregraphed by G Venu

25th Oct

10 am – Morning Session

Welcome address – Kalamandalam Rajeev

Chairperson – Remesan Nambisan

Inaugaration – Guru Padmabhooshan Madavoor Vasudevan Nair

Colloquium

‘Mudrabhinaya in the tradition of Guru Chengannoor Raman Pillai’ Talk by Guru Padmabhooshan Madavoor Vasudevan Nair

‘My journey through Mudra and Notation’ –  presentation by G Venu – Today’s topic ’Memorable experiences while notating Ramayana Samkshepam’

“Hastabhinaya in Natyashastra’ – Talk by C P Unnikrishnan

‘The evolution of the purity of technique in Kathakali’ – Talk by Sreechitran M J

Vote of thanks – Kalamandalam K P Narayanan Nambiar

4 pm Film Screening

  1. ‘Dancing with the Gurus’ – a film on Ammannur Madhava Chakyar by Aruna Harprasad
  2. Selected scenes from Kutiyattam performances filmed in 1973 by Prajna Thakur

7 pm – Performance

Kathakali – Banayudham by Guru Madavoor Vasudevan Nair and group





Ammannur Chachu Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam presents 26th Kutiyatta Mahotsavam

17 12 2012

 

1st to 12th January 2013

At Madhava Natya Bhoomi, Ammannur Gurukulam, Irinjalakuda

6 PM Onwards

1st January

6pm – Inaugaration of the 26th annual festival and commemoration of Guru Ammannur Parameswara Chakyar

Welcome address – Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar, President, Ammannur Gurukulam

Presided By : Shri.M.P.Jakson (former chairman of Irinjalakuda Municipality)

Inaugaration – Adv.Thomas Unniadan MLA

Felicitating Shri.Kalanilayam Parameswaran (recipient of Kalamandalam Award) : Shri.G.Venu ( Kulapathi, Ammannur Gurukulam)

Ammannur Paramwsewara Chakyar memorial speech – Prof. George.S.Paul

Felicitations:   Raji Suresh (Councillor, Irinjalakuda Municipality), A.T.Narayanan Namboothiri

Vote of Thanks:  Kalamandalam Rajeev, Secretary, Ammannur Gurukulam

Nangiarkoothu : Kamsajananam by Keerthi Sagar

2nd January

Nangiarkoothu : Ugrasenabandhanam by Gayathri.P

3rd January

Nangiarkoothu : Kamsante Nayattu by Archana Nandakumar

4th January

Nangiarkoothu : Kamsavadham by Saritha Krishnakumar

 

5th January

Nangiarkoothu :   by Kapila Venu

6th January

Kutiyattam : Surpanakhankam

Sree Raman : Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar

Sita : Keerthi Sagar

Lalita : Kapila Venu

Surpanakha : G.Venu

Lakshmanan : Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

7th January

Cheriya Udyanapravesam (Asokavanikankam)

Ravanan : Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar

8th January

Purappadu of Samudratharanankam

Sree Raman : Ganesh Krishna

 

9th January

Nirvahanam of Samudratharanankam

Sree Raman : Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

10th January

Samudratharanankam Kutiyattam 1st day

Sree Raman : Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar

Lakshmanan : Ganesh Krishna

Sugreevan : Sooraj Nambiar

Hanuman : Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

11th January

Kutiyattam Samudratharanankam

Sree Raman : Sooraj Nambiar

Lakshmanan :

Sugreevan :

Vibhishanan : Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar

Hanuman : Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

Varunan : Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar

Neelan :

Sukan :

Saranan :

Vanaranmar :

12th January

Chalakuvalayam ( Subhadra dhananjayam kutiyattam 2nd Day)

Arjunan : Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar

Subhadra : Gayathri.P

Vidushakan : Sooraj Nambiar

Accompanying Artistes – Mizhavu: Kalamandalam Rajeev; Kalamandalam Hariharan; Kalamandalam Narayanan Nambiar;

Edakka: Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan; P Nandakumar; Kalanilayam Kaladharan

Thalam: Smt.Nirmala Paniker Kapila Venu;  Saritha Krishnakumar;  Keerthi Sagar;  Gayathri P; Archana Nandakumar

Chutti: Kalanilayam Parameswaran; Kalanilayam Hridas

Backstage assistance – Anilkumar

Office in charge – K R Sankaran

 





Lecture Demonstration by Noh Theatre Master Shimizu Kanji

27 12 2011

Noh Master Shimizu Kanji

Natanakairali presents lecture demonstration by Noh Master Shimizu Kanji
Renowned Japanese Noh Theatre Master Shimizu Kanji will do a lecture Demonstration on the acting techniques of Noh theatre at Natanakairali’s Abhinayakkalari actors’ laboratory on 28th Dec 2011 at 6.30 PM. 

His talk will focus on the the stylistic and technical nuances of Noh acting with and without masks. He will also talk about the basic posture, use of voice and some selected portions from plays. Shimizu Kanji is a master teacher of Noh at Okinawa Prefectural University of the Arts (Okinawa kenritsu Geijutsu Daigaku, Okinawa, Japan). He is well trained in the traditional techjnique of Noh and at the same time has been involved in various experimental works as well.

In honour of the visiting guest artitses Natanakairali will host performances including ‘Parvativiraham Nangiar Koothu by Smt.Kapila Venu on 29th Dec at 6 pm, ‘Palatharamam naadangal – Mohiniyattam choreographed by Guru Nirmala Paniker based on Vylopilli’s poem by the same name on 30th Dec, Kaniyar Kali by Shri.Dwaraka Krishnan and group on 2nd Jan 2012at 9 pm, Mudiyettu by Shri.Manian Marar and group on 3rd Jan 2012 at 9 pm.

This interactive session will mark the beginning of a collaborative venture by Tokyo National University and Natanakairali aimed towards a deep research into the acting techniques of two great theatre traditions of the world, Kutiyattam and Noh theatre.





Ammannur Chachu Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam celebrates 25th Kutiyattam Mahotsavam

20 12 2011
Pothiyil Renjith Chakyar

Pothiyil Renjith Chakyar, Photo: Manoj Parameswaran

Programme

Date: 1st to 12th January 2012

Venue: Madhava Natya Bhoomi, Ammannur Gurukulam, Irinjalakuda

1st January

5pm – Inaugaration of the 25th annual festival and commemoration of Guru Ammannur Parameswara Chakyar

Welcome address – Kalamandalam Rajeev, Secretary, Ammannur Gurukulam

Presided By : Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar, President, Ammannur Gurukulam

Inaugaration – Adv.Thomas Unniadan MLA

Chief Guest – Dr.Rajan Gurukkal

Lighting of the lamp – Smt. Sonia Giri(Chairperson, Irinjalakuda Municipality)

Talk about 25 years of Kutiyattam Mahotsavam by: G.Venu (Kulapathi, Ammannur Gurukulam)

Ammannur Paramwsewara Chakyar memorial speech – Painkulam Narayana Chakyar

Felicitations: Narayanan Embranthiri (Principal, Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam) , Raji Suresh (Councillor, Irinjalakuda Municipality)

Vote of Thanks: Kalamandalam Narayanan Nambiar (Treasurer, Ammannur Gurukulam)

Performance : Nangiar Koothu – ‘Chitrangada’ based on Tagore’s play Chitra – Kapila Venu

2nd January

11 am  – Kutiyattam workshop series for school children – Inaugarated by Smt.Nirmala Paniker(Director, Natanakaisiki Mohiniyatta Gurukulam)

5.30 pm – Talk by Kalanilayam Haridas – ‘Costume  in Kutiyattam’

6.30 pm – Nangiar Koothu – ‘Subhadraharanam’ – by Aparna Nangiar

3rd January

5.30 pm – Talk by Sooraj Nambiar – ‘Charibheda-s (choreographic patterns) in Kutiyattam’

6.30pm – Nangiar Koothu – ‘Govardhanodharanam” –  by Saritha Krishnakumar

4th january

5.30 pm – Talk by Aparna Nangiar – ‘Swara-s and their uses in Kutiyattam’

6.30 pm – Balivadham Day One – ‘Sriramante Purappadu’ by  Ganesh Krishna

5th January

5.30 pm – Talk by Kalamandalam Narayanan nambiar ‘History and ritualistic aspects of Mizhavu’

6.30 pm – Balivadham Day Two – Sriramante Nirvahanam by Vinod N Menon

6th January

5.30pm Talk by Kapila Venu – ‘Hastabhinaya in Kutiyattam’

6.30 pm – Balivadham Day Three ‘Sugreevante Purappadu’ by Ganesh Krishna

7th Januray

5.30 pm – Talk by Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar ‘The femininity of Surpanakha’

6.30 pm – Balivadham Day Four – Sugrivante Nirvahanam by Ammannur Madhav

8th january

5.30 pm – Talk by Kalamandalam Rajeev – ‘The role of drumming in the Abhinaya in Kutiyattam’

6.30 pm – Balivadham Day Five Kutiyattam – Cast: Sugreevan-Sooraj Nambiar; Sriraman- Pothiyil Renjith Chakyar; Lakshmanan- Ammannur Madhav; Hanuman-Ganesh Krishna; Bali-Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar; Thara-Keerthi Sagar; Angadan-Vinod N Menon

9th January

5.30 pm – Talk by Kalamandalam Hariharan ‘ Training in Mizhavu drumming’

6.30 pm – Kutiyattam ‘Kalyanasaugandhikam’ – Cast: Bhimasenan-Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar; Krodhavashan-Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar; Vidyadharan-Sooraj nambiar; Gunamanjari-Archana nandakumar; Hanuman-Pothiyil Renjith Chakyar

10th January

5.30 pm – Talk by Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan ‘Role of Edakka drumming in kutiyattam’

6.30 pm – ‘Thoranayudham’ Day One- Cast: Shankukarnan-Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar; Vijaya-Gayathri P; Ravanan-pothiyil Renjith Chakyar

11th January

5.30 pm – Talk by Pothiyil Renjith Chakyar – ‘The possibilities of Ilakiattam in Kutiyattam’

6.30 pm – Thoranayudham Day Two – Cast: Shankukarnan-Sooraj Nambiar; Ravanan-Vinod N Menon

12th January

5.30 pm – Open discussion’The future of Kutiyattam’ practitioners and spectators will participate

6.30 pm – Kutiyattam ‘Thoranayudham’ Day Three – Cast: Ravana-Pothiyil Renjith Chakyar; Vibhishana-Ammannur Madhav; Hanuman-Sooraj Nambiar

Accompanying Artistes – Mizhavu: Kalamandalam Rajeev; Kalamandalam Hariharan; Kalamandalam Narayanan Nambiar; Kalamandalam Ratheesh Bhas; Kalamandalam Ravikumar; Kalamandalam Vineesh; Kalamandalam Jayaraj; Kalamandalam Manikantan; Kalamandalam Shivadas Nambiar

Edakka: Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan; P Nandakumar; Kalanilayam Kaladharan

Thalam: Smt.Nirmala Paniker; Aparna Nangiar; Kapila Venu;  Saritha Krishnakumar;  Keerthi Sagar;  Gayathri P; Archana Nandakumar

Chutti: Kalanilayam Parameswaran; Kalanilayam Hridas

Backstage assistance – Kalamandalam Shivadas Nambiar

Co-ordination – K R Sankaran

for further details please contact:

Ammannur Gurukulam, Chachu Chakyar Road, Irinjalakuda- 680121\Ph: 0480- 2823140, 99475 50136, 9947857551

ammannurgurukulam@gmail.com





Kalidasasmriti

14 07 2011

10th Anniversary Celebration of SAKUNTALAM KUTIYATTAMas KALIDASA SMRITI

(Organized with the financial assistance from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India)

Revised program

Synopsis and cast: download the printfriendly pdf file here:

SAKUNTALAM_KUTIYATTAM_KALIDASASNRITI_10thAnniv.pdf

NATYASASTRA – Lecture Series

ABHIJNANA SAKUNTALAM – Performance

Natana Kairali, Irinjalakuda will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the staging of Sakuntalam Kutiyattam, directed by G.Venu and presented for the first time in January, 2002, with year-long programs dedicated to the memory of the great poet Kalidasa. The programs will begin on July 23, 2011 with a four-day-long performance of Sakuntalam Kutiyattam, accompanied with a Lecture Series on Natyasastra and the Kalidasa plays.

The lectures will last for about 2 hours every day, with provision for discussion and rising of any doubts at the end.

The event Kalidasa smriti will be inaugurated by Adv. Thomas Unniyadan MLA on July 23rd at 6 PM, with Ms. Sonia Giri, Chairperson, Irinjalakuda Municipal Corporation, presiding over the function.

On 25th July for the third day presentation of Abhijnana Sakuntalam  Dr. P.N. Suresh (Acting Vice Chancellor, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed university)  has kindly agreed to be our  guest of honour.

NATYA SASTRA AND KALIDASA PLAYS – (Lecture Series)

July 23, 10 AM  :  Dr. N.P. Unni  (Former Vice Chancellor, Sreesankaracharya Samskrit University)

July 24, 10 AM  :  Prof. Thuravoor Viswambharan

July 25, 10 AM  :  Dr. K.G. Paulose  (Former Vice Chancellor, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University)

July 26, 10 AM  : Dr. C. Rajandran  ( Professor  of Sanskrit,  University of Calicut)

ABHIJNANA SAKUNTALAM – Performance

Sakuntalam Kutiyattam, which is about 13 hours long, has been performed in 112 venues all over the world so far, including many full length performances lasting 3 – 4 days. At Rome, Paris and National School of Drama, New Delhi, ‘Sakuntalam’ was performed continuously for 10 and a half hours in a day. The Malayalam channel of the Doordharsan Kendra has documented  the entire play and telecast as 29 episodes.

  1. 1.July 23rd at 6 PM – First Day (First Act)
  2. 2.July 24th at 6 PM – Second Day (Second Act)
  3. 3.July 25th at 6PM – Third Day (Fourth, Fifth and sixth Acts)
  4. 4.July 26th at 6pm – Fourth Day (Sixth and seventh Acts)




Gurusmarana Festival – Programme in English

2 07 2009

Gurusmarana and Abhisheka Nataka Mahotsavam

in memory of late Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar

on the occasion of his first death anniversary

Detailed Programme

Anusmarana Sammelanam (Memorial Meeting)

Wednesday, 01-07-2009, 5 pm.

Welcome – G. Venu, Secretary, Ammannur Gurukulam

Inauguration – Adv. Thomas Unniyadan MLA.

Presidential Address – M.P.Jackson, Chairman, Irinjalakuda Municipal Council.

Memorial Lecture – Dr. K.G.Paulose, Vice Chancellor, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University,

Unveiling of the portrait of Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar – Padmasri Panivadarathnam P.K.Narayanan Nambiar, president, Mani Madhava Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam, Lakkidi.

Releasing of the text on Nangiarkoothu, written by Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar – Prof. George S.Paul

Receiving the first copy – Dr.Balashankar Mannath, Director, Kutiyattam Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram,

Vote of Thanks – Nirmala Panikker.

Abhisheka Nataka Mahotsavam

6.30 pm.

Kutiyattam: ‘Balivadhankam’

Sugriva: Sooraj Nambiar

Sree Rama: Ammannur (Margi) Rama Chakyar.

Lakshamana – Ammannur Madhav

Hanuman – Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

Bali – Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar

Tara – Kapila

Mizhavu – V.K.K.Hariharan

Thursday, 02-07-2009, 5.30 pm.

Lecture I:  Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar on ‘Directing Abhisheka Natakam,’ (Abhisheka Naatakathile Samvidhanangal).

Lecture II:  Dr. C.M.Neelakandan (‘Hanumaddothankam and Other Bhasa Plays,’)

Kutiyattam: ‘Hanumaddothankam.’

Hanuman: Sooraj Nambiar

Sita: Usha Nangiar

Ravana – Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar.

Directed by: Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar.

Friday, 03-07-09, 5.30 pm

Lecture: Dr. C.M.Neelakandan (‘Thoranayudham and Other Bhasa Plays,’)

Kutiyattam: ‘Thoranayudhankam’

Sankukarna – Sooraj Nambiar

Vijaya – Saritha Krishnakumar

Ravana – Margi Madhu

Vibhishana – Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

Hanuman – Margi Sajeev.

Saturday, 04-07-09, 5.30 pm.

Lecture: Dr. Kanjad Vasudevan Namboothirippad (‘Samudratharanankam and Other Bhasa Plays,’)

Kutiyattam:Samudratharanankam.

Sree Rama – Sooraj Nambiar

Lakshmana – Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar.

Hanuman – Ammannur Madhav

Vibhishana – Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar

Varuna – Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar.

Directed by Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar.

Sunday, 05-07-09, 5.30 pm

Lecture: Dr. P.Venugopal, (‘Mayashironkam and Other Bhasa Plays’)

Kutiyattam: ‘Mayasirassu.’

Visalamathi (Rakshasakanchukeeyan) – Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

Seetha – Aparna Nangiar

Ravanan – Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar

Samarabheeru – Sooraj Nambiar.

Directed by Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar.

Monday, 06-07-09, 5.30 pm

Lecture I: G.Venu (‘Bhasa Plays and Direction’)

Lecture II: Dr. M.V.Narayanan (‘Prathamadwitheeyankam, and Other Bhasa Plays’)

Kutiyattam: ‘Prathamadwitheeyankam.’

Prathaman – Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar

Dwitheeyan – Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

Thritheeyan – Sooraj Nambiar

Directed by Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar.

Mizhavu – Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan Nambiar.

Tuesday, 07-07-09, 5 pm.
Valedictory Function

Welcome: Kalamandalam Rajeev, Joint Secretary, Ammannur Gurukulam.

Presidential Address: Prof.C.P.Elayath

Inauguration: Thankappan Master, Chairman, Sree Koodalmanickyam Devaswam.

Memorial Speeches: Kidangoor Rama Chakyar, K.V.Ramanathan, N.P.P.Namboothirippad.

Vote of Thanks: Aparna Nangiar.

Lecture: Dr. C.K.Jayanthi (‘Abhishekankam and Bhasa Plays.’)

Kutiyattam: ‘Abhishekankam.’

Sree Rama – Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar

Lakshama – Sooraj Nambiar

Hanuman – Ammannur Madhav

Vibhishanan – Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar.

Agni – Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar

Sita – Kalamandalam Divya.

Mizhavu – Kalamandalam Gopinathan Nambiar

Thimila – Thriprayar Ramesan Marar

Kurumkuzhal – Mulakunnathukavu Anukumar.

Accompaniment

Mizhavu: Kalamandalam Rajeev, Kalamandalam Hariharan, Kalamandalam Narayanan Nambiar, Kalamandalam Ravikumar.

Edakka: Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan, P.Nandakumar

Thalam: Kalamandalam Divya, Archana Nandakumar, Keerthi Sagar, Gayathri P.

Make-up: Kalanilayam Parameswaran, Kalamandalam Satheesan, Kalanilayam Sankaranarayanan, Kalanilayam Haridas.

Aniyara: Sivadas Nambiar, Vinod N.Menon, Ganesh Krishna T.Menon.





The Death of Bali – part four – another photograph

10 07 2008

Bali on Angada’s (his son’s) lap. Bali – Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, Angada – Pothiyil Narayana Chakyar and Sugreeva – Ammanur Kuttan Chakyar. Photo by: Camilla Van Zuylen, Holland(1987).