In this edition of Neelambari’s signature experience “Close to our Arts” we will witness a dramatic episode from Koodiyattam. Having a legacy of nearly 2000 years, Koodiyattam is among the ancient performing arts of the world and a recognized heritage of humanity (by UNESCO). Despite its ancient roots Koodiyattam maintains a contemporary (rather timeless) sensibility to theater and is surprisingly modern in its outlook and techniques. As with almost all classical art forms in India, Koodiyattam too borrows most of its plots from the epics Ramayana or Mahabharatha, but never hesitates to bring in revolutionary (and seemingly rebellious) interpretations in the original narrative.
Jatayuvadham (slaying of Jatayu) is a dramatic episode from Ramayana that is brilliantly choreographed in the Koodiyattam theater. Ravana, the emperor of demons who abducts Sita, the heroine is blocked by Jatayu, the giant bird in his flight. The battle happens in the sky as Ravana is getting away in his flying chariot ably guided by Suta, the charioteer. The valiant Jatayu, indomitable Ravana and the righteous Sita create a mesmerizing interplay to provide a brilliant theatre experience.
Note:All reservations can be cancelled 48 hours prior to start of the program with no penalty. Between 48 hours and 24 hours before the program, cancellation would incur 50% of the fees. No cancellation would be allowed less than 24 hours before start of the program.