Kalasagar Award 2013 | Oru Piranalinte Ormakai

Kalasagar Award 2013 :: Oru Piranalinte Ormakai
Kalasagar has been annually celebrating its founder's birthday on May 28 which has now become a part of the cultural calendar of Kerala with the whole hearted support of ministry of culture, Government of India and active participation of the well wishers. The award function always proved to be a grand and glorious tribute to the late maestro.

As Part of 89th birth anniversary of kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval on 28th May 2013, Kalasagar award will be presented to artists in the field of traditional performing art formssuch as Kathakali vesham, music, chenda, maddalam, & chutty (make-up), ottanthullal, chakyarkoothu, kootiyattam, mohiniyattam, bharatanatyam, kuchupudi, thayambaka, panchavadyam – thimila, maddalam, edakka, kombu, thalam. The awardees will be selected through nominations received from art lovers. The artists should be between the age group of 40-70 and well known performer/guru and should be a permanent resident within the state of Kerala. The nominations with bio-date is invited from the art lovers to reach to the secretary, Kalasagar, Kavalappara, Shoranur, Palakkad, Kerala 679 523 by 30th Apr 2013.

As usual there will be various cultural programs by the eminent artists after the award presentation.

Shri Krishnankutty Poduval, was a legendary player of the chenda and an informed critic of Kathakali. He studied the visual grammar and rhythmic structure of Kathakali under Guru Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon and went on to reinterpret the chenda‘s role in Kathakali. Poduval was reputed for tracing subtle emotions in the characters with his chenda, providing mood music to romantic scenes and prompting the actors to do their best on stage. His holistic understanding of Kathakali helped him integrate music with each visual. This remains an unparalleled achievement. Poduval scripted and directed many Kathakali plays like Bhishmaprathignya, Amba, King Lear, and Snapakacharitham. He left behind a treasure trove of knowledge on Kerala's performing arts in general and on Kathakali in particular - both at the theoretical and practical level.

Kalasagar Kavalappara
Kalasagar continues to promote and propagate his ideals by enabling precise training and performing of traditional art forms, besides participating in cultural festivals across Kerala and outside. Kalasagar has a team of well known Gurus and talented artists who perform traditional art forms such as Kathakali, Ottenthullal, Chakyarkoothu, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattom, Panchavadyam, Thayambaka, Keli, and Chenda Melam as well as present lecture-demonstrations.

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