Thiruvananthapuram

He showed Margi the way

IN MEMORIAM: Poet Kavalam Narayana Panicker speaking at the D. Appukuttan Nair memorial meeting at Margi in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Photo: S. Gopakumar  

Theatre artiste D. Appukuttan Nair responded to his calling late, having spent his student years in an engineering college. But when he finally did, Koodiyattom, an age-old art form, was shown a pathway to the future.

Appukuttan Nair’s research of the basics and the reforms brought in to the art form resulted in the Margi Koodiyattom centre, which he founded with artist Ammanur Madhava Chakyar.

For this and his several contributions to Koodiyattom, he could be called the messenger of the art form, renowned theatre artist Kavalam Narayana Panicker said, speaking at the D. Appukuttan Nair remembrance meeting organised by Margi in the city on Tuesday.

According to Mr. Panicker, Appukuttan Nair engaged himself in constant arguments about the difference between Natyashastra and Koodiyattom and had gone deep into the basics to keep alive the art form.

Margi Koodiyattom centre could be called an achievement, Mr. Panicker said. Appukuttan Nair was instrumental in passing down the art form, retaining its traditional repertoire, to the younger generation, and his choreography to important plays such as Nalacharitham, Banayudham and his notes on the practices of the art form were still guiding texts to many students at the Margi institute, Mr. Panicker noted.

Speaking at the function, Secretary S. Srinivasan said Appukuttan Nair was an integral part of Margi. “In fact, it was he who had suggested the name ‘Margi’ for the institute, which has been playing an important role in rejuvenating Koodiyattom through in-house training of students and cultural meetings,” said Mr. Srinivasan.

The meeting was followed by a Kathakali performance titled ‘ Kalyanasougandhikom Part5’ enacted by Kalamandalam Balasubrahmanian and Margi Vijayakumar.

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