Cultural program - Samskriti
Nrutha Shilpam 11th Dec 2015
1. By Mudra Nrutha Kalakshetram , Parli , Palakkad
2. Nrutha Samvidhanam – Kalamandalam Bindu Mohanakrishnan & Kalamandalam Nisha Narayanan
3. Sangeetha Samvidhanam – Kalamandalam O.K.Ambika
4. Orchestra : -
6. References – Dhyana Slokas for Navagrahas , Robertji’s Greatness of Saturn and notes by Sridharan Nambudiri for Samaaradhana
Kalamandalam Bindu Mohanakrishnan
Kalamandalam Nisha Narayanan
Kathakali - Kerala classical story telling
Instructor: Kalamandalam Venkitaraman
Thiruvathirakkali Or Kaikottikkali
Thiruvathira is celebrated on the asterism Thiruvathira in Dhanu, the fifth month of Malayalese calendar (Kolla Varsham). This corresponds to the month of December-January according to Gregorian calendar.
Thiruvathira is essentially women's festival. Ladies on this day worship Lord Shiva and pray for conjugal harmony and marital bliss. The other very interesting facet of the festival is the enchanting Thiruvathirakkali dance performed by women on this day.
Thiruvathira is being celebrated for ages now but there is no clear theory about the origin of the festival. Festival is said to be celebrated to commemorate the death of Kaamadeva, the God of love according to Hindu mythology. Some people also consider it auspicious to worship Lord Shiva on this day and take his darshan in a local Shiva temple before the sunrise. Some believe that Thiruvathira is the birth day of Lord Shiva. It may be noted that the Ardra Darshan festival of Tamil Nadu corresponds to Thiruvathira festival of Kerala.
Thiruvathirakali also known as Kaikottikkali is a dance performed only by women, in order to attain everlasting marital bliss. The dance is a celebration of marital fidelity and the female energy, for this is what brought Kamadeva (the god of love) back to celestial life after he was reduced to ashes by the ire of Lord Siva. The women dance to the rhythms of the songs they sing. They wear the traditional dress, consisting of two pieces, dhoti and an upper garment across the breast, typically of a creamish colour with gold bordering. The leader of the group sings the first line which is repeated by the group to the simple rhythm of clapping hands. There are many songs which are exclusively sung as Tiruvathira songs, popular Kathakali songs are also included. The kinetic phrases are so simple that any new comer easily gets initiated to the game. This dance form had been keeping its basic posture for centuries. The bent of the body, hand movements and dance gestures are common to the region. The sinuous movements executed by a group of dancers around a nilavilakku, embody 'lasya' or the amorous charm and grace of the feminine. The dance follows a circular, pirouetting pattern accompanied by clapping of the hands and singing. Today, Thiruvathirakali has become a popular dance form for all seasons.
1. By Parli Nambudiri Sabha
2. Artists :-
A. Rema Sankaran Bhattathirippad
B. Sandhya Krishanan Nedumbilly
C. Indu Narayanan Mallisseri
D. Harita Kuberan Mallisseri
E. Preetha Vasudevan Poduvaya
F. Parvathy Saju Mamunnu
G. Sindhu Unnikrishanan Cherampatta
H. Sreedevi Sasikumar Kolpuram
I. Nisha Sridharan Putukkulam
J. Santhosh Kakkad
K. Athira Bhattathirippad