The game of dice at the court of Hastinapura came alive through mudras and expressions of Koodiyattom artiste Usha Nangiar in her ‘Draupadi’ Nangiarkoothu, presented on the first day of the week-long 12th National Theatre Festival of Kerala which began here on Sunday.
The theatre enthusiasts who turned up to watch the first performance of the festival, being organised by the Information and Public Relations Department, were visibly enthralled as Usha Nangiar presented the ‘Dyoothasabha,’ a portion of ‘Draupadi’ she choreographed herself. That portion depicted the game of dice where Draupadi is pawned by her husband Yudhishtira, leading Dussassana, a Kaurava, to disrobe her. In anger, Draupadi curses Duryodana and his people.
Usha Nangiar is an artiste of acclaim from the traditional community that performs the art form. The performance was presented by the Krishnan Nambiar Smaraka Mizhavu Kalari, Chathakudam, Thrissur. She was accompanied by V.K.K. Hariharan and Kalamandalam Rajeev on the Mizhavu and Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan on the Edakka. The ‘thaalam’ was by Athira.