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Profound performance

Sadanam Bhasi as Daksha in Dakshayagam Kathakali   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

It was Vellinezhi Nanu Nair who brought out the significance of chuvanna thadi (red beard) characters in the Kalluvazhi style of Kathakali. His legacy was carried forward by Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri. An artiste who diligently followed in their footsteps is the late Pariyanampatta Divakaran.

On his first death anniversary, fellow artistes and family members gathered at Puthuma Auditorium at Ezhumangad near Pattambi, his home town, to pay homage to him. The event was marked by a book release and performance of Dakshayagam Kathakali.

Dakshayagam began with the padam, ‘Ariyathe, mama puthriye’, which narrates Daksha’s sorrow and anger towards Lord Indra who had advised him to give his daughter Sathi in marriage to Lord Siva. Sadanam Bhasi, who had shared the stage with Pariyanampatta Divakaran on several occasions, enacted the lead role of Daksha with elan.

The kalasams (dance) stood out for their variety, so too the manodharma segments, which were poetic. A noteworthy section was the enactment of the padam, ‘Sathiyaya nandiniyum’, in which Daksha remembers his daughter’s childhood. Although his narration of the journey to Kailas mountain seemed long, the excellent percussion helped in alleviating the scene and infuse it with energy.

Sadanam Vijayan’s portrayal as Siva did not stand out, especially in the presentation of the padam, ‘Kuvalaya vilochane, kumathiyakiya dakshan’, since it lacked required energy and emotion. But he came good towards the end of the recital. Sadanam Sadanandan, as Sathi, did not rise up to expectations. Be it in the scene where Sathi seeks her husband’s permission to attend Daksha’s yagam or the one where she faces her angry father, Sadanandan’s performance needed more involvement. Nevertheless he impressed in the scene where Sathi is furious with her father.

The other artistes were Sadanam Manikantan (Veerabhadran), Sadanam Manikantan junior (Bhadrakali) and Sadanam Vipinchandran (Indra).

Sadanam Sivadas, the main singer, was supported by Sadanam Jyothish Babu and Jishnu Orupulassery.

The percussionists were Sadanam Ramakrishnan and Sadanam Jithi on the chenda and Sadanam Rajagopal and Sadanam Aneesh on the maddalam.

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