A Workshop and Demonstration of Kutiyattam
Kutiyattam, a mesmerizing and ornate form of Sanskrit dance theatre, has been carefully preserved by families of traditional artists in remote villages in South India for more than 1000 years. Deemed by UNESCO to be an “Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” Kutiyattam involves elaborate costuming and makeup, incredible physical and facial control, and an ancient oratory preserved in the classical Indian language of Sanskrit, all set to the insistent rhythms of the mizhavu drums.
Kutiyattam has rarely been performed outside of India, and this July, the world-renowned Nepathya troupe will bring this intricate art form for the first time to Western Canada, at a featured evening performance at the Chan Centre (July 9), in which they will perform the Balivadham, a classical mythological episode from the great Indian epic, Ramayana.
Margi Madhu Chakyar is one of the few Kutiyattam masters performing and teaching this exceptional art. He and his team, Nepathya, will give a brief general introduction and practice together with the participant’s eye exercises, basic hand gestures, elementary body postures and movements and rhythms. Facilitating the event will be the international scholars Elena Mucciarelli (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) and Heike Oberlin (Univ. of Tübingen), along with Jai Govinda (Mandala Arts).
Join us on Sunday afternoon, July 8, and take a peek behind the curtain at the mesmerizing world of Kutiyattam Sanskrit dance theatre!
Behind the Curtain is jointly sponsored by UBC Asian Studies, Simon Fraser University, and the 17th World Sanskrit Conference, held in partnership with the Indian Summer Festival and Mandala Arts Academy, with support from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Consul General of India, Vancouver.
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