Reviving an art

KATHAPRASANGAM HAS fallen on bad days. The genre does not seem to be getting its due in Kerala, not surprisingly, given the ever-increasing mass appeal of television.

It is in this context that the Kathaprasanga Kalasanghatana has come forward to start a Kathaprasangam Academy. The institution will be opened on November 16 at the State conference of the Kalasanghatana, which will be held at the Government HSS (V. Sambasivan Nagar), Elamakkara in Kochi. The social critic, Sukumar Azhikode, is scheduled to open the academy.

`Story exposition', making good use of music and literature would be an apt description of the form. The themes are mostly non-religious and aimed at fighting the evils in society.

Exponents like the late V. Sambasivan did much to popularise the art form. "Our focus is on encouraging youth to take up Kathaprasangam," says Kedamangalam Sadanandan, State president of the Kalasanghatana. By John L. Paul