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

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10th Ranga parichaya Festival of Mohiniyattam

20 12 2011

Natanakaisiki Mohiniyattam Gurukulam of Natanakairali, Irinjalakuda Presents 10th Ranga parichaya Festival of Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam

Guru Nirmala Paniker

Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam which originated and developed in Kerala is one of the most beautiful Lasya dance forms of India. During the moment of desire of creation, the goddess took the form of Nateshwari /Mohini and danced the ’Sukumara’ graceful (Lasya) dance to attract   Shiva, who is mostly engrossed in deep meditation.

That is the first Lasya dance of Mohini with importance given to Shringara  Rasa, that we can find in the Puranas. The uniqueness of Mohiniyattam is that it still upholds without losing, many of the techniques of the dance style that was being performed since ancient times, mentioned in Puranas that of Adi Bhagavathi for creation of the universe and followed by Maha Vishnu for safeguarding the virtue and ensuring the sustenance of the universe. Natyasastra also says Parvathy is the first danseuse of Lasya. There in lies its importance and relevance.

The uniqueness of Mohiniyattam is that it still upholds without losing, many of the techniques of the dance style that was being performed since ancient times, mentioned in Puranas that of Adi Bhagavathi for creation of the universe and followed by Maha Vishnu for safeguarding the virtue and ensuring the sustenance of the universe. Natyasastra also says Parvathy is the first danseuse of Lasya. There in lies its importance and relevance.

 

Programme

26th December

Inauguration –Dr.Krishna Moorthy(Director,I.C.C.R.,Govt.Of India)

Talk by- SWAMY HARI OM ANANDA

Mohiniyattam –    Ganapathy  sthuti, Arjuna Darsanam, (From Tagore’s Chitra)

(sponsored by ICCR Regional Office, Thiruvananthapuram)

27th December

Mohiniyattam -Arangettam of  Sudharma Periyath

Disciple of  Smt.Nirmala Paniker, Natanakaisiki.

28th December

Talk by  Smt.  Nirmala Paniker

Mohiniyattam –  Cholkettu,  Jathiswaram, Padam  ,Thillana and Saptham

29th December

Talk by Sri. G. VENU

Nangiar Koothu by Kapila Venu

30th December, 2011

Mohiniyatta Saptham (Malanadu –  Lyrics  fromVylopilly Sreedhara Menon’s poem”Palatharamam  Nadangal”)

Young danseuses of  Natanakaisiki

Umadevi, Sandra, Sangeetha, Sudharma Periyath,  Parvathy Sreevallabhan, Greeshma.

Atmaja   Menon, Hridya Haridas,  Gayathri Satheesan,  Chaithanya  Nadan,  Mrudula,  Medha,  Rudra Priya.

Guru-Smt.Nirmala Paniker

VOCAL: Sree Neelamperoor  Suresh Kumar and Sanathana Shenay

MADALAM : Kalanilayam Prakasan

FLUTE : Chalakudy Regunath, Irinjalakuda Visakhan

NATTUVANGAM : Smt. Nirmala Paniker and disciples

 

For Details : NIRMALA PANIKER

Director

Natanakairali

Mohiniyattam Gurukulam of Natanakairali

Irinjalakuda, KERALA 680 121

PHONE : 0480 2825559

Mobile: 9946649358