New life for Koodiyattom act


Koodiyattom artistes of Mani Madhava Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam revive `Kaliyaankam,' a forgotten act in Bhasa's `Balacharitam.'



IT WAS a red-letter day for Koodiyattom aficionados. For the first time in the history of this theatrical art, `Kaliyaankam,' the fourth act of Mahakavi Bhasa's Sanskrit play `Balacharitam,' was staged in Koodiyattom form by the artistes of Mani Madhava Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam at Kalakathu Bhavan, the Kunchan Nambiar memorial at Killikkurissimangalam, Lakkidi.

The two-day event, sponsored by the Department of Culture, New Delhi, was significant on many counts. It marked the 106th birthday of Mani Madhava Chakyar, the doyen of Koodiyattom.

Till date, only the first act of `Balacharitam,' which dwells upon the childhood of Lord Krishna, has been seen on the stage. The Chakyar traditionally makes his debut enacting the role of `Sutradharan' in this ankam. The remaining four acts have so far been uncharted waters for him. more>>


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Andakavadham Kutiyattam:

The presentation of Antakavaddham kutiyattam was the main event of our Gurukulam. In Kutiyattam thater there did not have a presentation in connection with Lord Siva expect theritualistic form of Mattavilasam Kuttu.
Even though it is an offering to Siva, Sivahimself is not a character in this play. The Cakyar community is considered as Saivits. Thus a story relating to Lord Siva will give a new face to this ancient theatre. Our Guru P.K.Narayanan Nambiar take this as a challenge and he successfully completed his duty and on January 2009 Anatakavaddham Kutiyattam had presented at Mani Madhava Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam.


Anatakavaddham is a Sanskrit play written by P.K.Narayanan Nambiar in which the legent of Markandeya were narrated. It is an one act play.and the presentation takes four days. The stage manuals attaprakara and kramadipika for this new composition is also designed by P.K.Narayanan Nambiar. The costumes for Lord Siva and Anataka were newly designed by Gurukulam artists.