Close to Our Arts!
Koodiyattam Performance - Jatayuvadham (The slaying of Jatayu)

16th Dec 2017 Saturday

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.


  • 10.30 am - Soothradharan Purappadu, ritualistic dance enacted at the beginning of Koodiyattam
  • 11.30 am - Audio visual narration (in English) on Koodiyattam, with emphasis on Ramayana and Jatayuvadham
  • 12.30 pm - Traditional Kerala lunch
  • 2.30 pm - Live demonstration and artiste interaction aimed at preparing audience for a better appreciation of the Koodiyattam performance to follow
  • 3.30 pm - Leisure time, we go for river boating, village walk or kayaking. Ayurveda massage can be arranged on prior request. Tea and snacks would be served. We will also have an exhibition of the mural works at Neelambari accompanied by a short mural workshop.

  • 5.30 pm -Percussion ensemble on Mizhavu and edakka. Mizhavu is a traditional drum used for Koodiyattam. Edakka is a very traditional Kerala percussion instrument.
  • 6.00 pm - Koodiyattam Performance - Jatayuvadham
  • 7.30 pm - Dinner, also an occasion for artiste interaction and discussions on the performance
  • 9.30 pm - Close of the day.


  • - Ravana - Sri Pothiyil Ranjith Chakyar
  • - Sita - Smt Aparna Nangiar
  • - Jatayu - Sri Sooraj Nambiar
  • - Mizhavu - Kalamandalam Rajeev
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  • - INR 3300/- per person plus 18% taxes
  • - INR 1200/- for children (age from 5 years to 16 years)

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.


  • - Lunch, dinner, evening tea and snacks
  • - Entry for all performances on the day
  • - One hour boat ride or use of kayak, subject to availability
  • - Village walk, mural workshop and other leisure activities organized by Neelambari on the day

Add ons (optional):

  • - Additional soft drinks or beverages
  • - Ayurveda massage, needs prior intimation
  • - Pick up and drop services at nominal rates
  • - If you are not comfortable with the ENglish presentation, we can arrange hand-outs in a language of your choice if you inform us beforehand