As an art form Kathakali combines dance, music and rhythm. Also painting, sculpture and embroidery constitute the integrity of Kathakali. As the world knows, Kathakali is Kerala’s unique art form. It seems mandatory nowadays to show a Kathakali-make- up-face wherever Kerala features. But the disturbing fact is that most Malayalees don’t take the art form seriously. They don’t even try to watch it. As a matter of fact, the chances to view Kathakali performances are rare too.
‘തൗര്യത്രിക’ത്തെക്കുറിച്ച് മലയാളത്തില് വായിക്കുവാന് ഇവിടെ നോക്കുക.
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There are a few who view Kathakali performance attracted to it by its costumes, music or rhythm. But most of them take no effort to feel Kathakali in a serious way. There is a major reason to it. People don’t seem to understand the language of Kathakali. Unlike cinema, dance, theater or music one cannot easily digest the nuances of Kathakali straight away. It requires some kind of participation from the part of audience. Here, through this documentary 'Thouryathrikam', we make a sincere effort to lead the ignorant but enthusiastic Kathakali viewer to the door steps of this exotic art form of Kerala.
Along with the presentation of the fundamentals of understanding Kathakali, we make a humble attempt to trace some history- the past, present and future of the art form. You will see a panoramic view of the characters often presented; the costumes; the make-up; the ornaments; the musical instruments accompanied; the 'Ragas' or the music scales often used; the rhythmic beats and similar technical details in this documentary. We demonstrate the traditional structure of presentation of the art form which begins with the 'Sandhyakkeli' or invitation, the lighting of the Kathakali lamp, the beating of the drum called 'Suddhamadhalam', 'Thodayam', 'Purappad' or invocation, 'Melappadam', story unfolding, to the end with singing the 'Dhanasi'.
The documentary was shot on 2009 January 9th and 10th at Thiruvananthapuram. Post-production works are still going on. The multimedia CDs and DVDs containing detailed demonstrations are being prepared both in Malayalam and English, taking the foreign and native art lovers into account.
Vocal: Pathiyur Sankarankutty, Kalamandalam Harish Nampoothiri, Kalanilayam Rajeevan
Chenda: Kalamandalam Krishnadas, Margi Venugopal
Maddalam: Kalamandalam Achutha Varier, Kalanilayam Manoj
Chutty: RLV Somadas, Kalamandalam Sukumaran
Kaliyogam: Sandarsan, Ambalappuzha
Producer: Gokul Govind
Writers: Toji, Haree
Camera: Benny Poonthoppu
Editor: Binu Purushothaman
Art Director: SuSu
Stills: SuSu, Haree
Production Controller: Santhosh
PRO: B. Josekutty
Light Unit: Throbe
|Thouryathrikam - Announcement (in Malayalam)|
Description: Thouryathrikam - A documentary on Kathakali directed by Hareesh N. Nampoothiri aka Haree | ഹരീ. Script by Toji and Haree. Camera by Benny Poonthoppu and Sethu. Produced by Gokul Govind. Editing by Binu Thiruvananthapuram. Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan, Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, Kalamandalam Hari R. Nair, Kalamandalam Shanmukhadas, Madhu Varanasi, Kalamandalam Sucheendran and Kalamandalam Arun Varier played various roles. Pathiyoor Sankarankutty, Kalamandalam Hareesh Nampoothiri and Kalamandalam Rajeevan rendered padams. Kalamandalam Krishnadas, Margi Venugopal in Chenda and Kalamandalam AchuthaVarier, Kalanilayam Rajeevan in Maddalam were the accompanients. RLV Somadas and Kalamandalam Sukumaran handled the Chutti. Sandarsan Kathakali Vidyalayam, Ambalappuzha provided costumes and ornaments.