The Krishnakriti Foundation, as part of its annual art and cultural festival, in association with the Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad and the French Embassy In India, is presenting a Koodiyattam performance by Margi Madhu & troupe. The performance will take place at the amphitheatre of Shilparamam, on 8th January.
Koodiyattam or Kutiyattam is an amalgam of the classical Sanskrit theatre of ancient India and the regional theatre of Kerala. It is believed to be 2,000 years old, and is officially recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral And Intangible Heritage Of Humanity. Kutiyattam performances were confined to the temple precincts of Kerala, in specially constructed theatres called Kutampalams.
Margi Madhu is a Koodiyattam maestro, and is one of the first artistes to be trained at the Margi Foundation based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He learnt Koodiyattam at Margi under Padmashree Ammannur Madhava Chakiar and Moozhikulam Kochukuttan Chakkiar. He has performed at many national and international venues, including the prestigious Kennedy Center at Washington DC, USA (June 1977), for the International jury of UNESCO, and the ‘Fusion of Art Show’ in Singapore (in 1998).
The Krishnakriti Art And Culture Festival is organised every year by the Lahoti Foundation, which was established by Prashant Lahoti in memory of his father Krishnachandra B Lahoti. On this occasion, art camps are organised by eminent artists and the works are auctioned off at the end of the festival. The proceeds from the sales go to the Krishnachandra B Lahoti Scholarship, which sponsors holistic education for deserving and needy students. Last year's proceeds supported 70 children.
Entry to the performance is free for everyone. Entry is by passes, available at Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, West Marredpally; Kalakriti Art Gallery (Road No. 10, Banjara Hills), Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad (Nampally), Landmark Book Store (Somajiguda & Road No. 12, Banjara Hills), Access 2 Future (Tarnaka, Kukatpally, Banjara Hills, Road No.36 Jubilee Hills, Himayatnagar, Malakpet, Narayanguda) & GVK One.
Please contact Kalakriti Art Gallery at 6656-4466 for further details.