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Kerala: Kozhikode to host two-day fest to felicitate Kathakali maestro Kottakal Devadas

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KOCHI: Kathakali fans throughout the state will collect in Kozhikode on Could 14 and 15 to felicitate Kathakali maestro Kottakkal Devadas. Identified for his portrayal of villainous crimson beard (thadi) and black (kari) characters, 55-year-old Devadas has acquired an enormous fan base throughout the state.

Becoming a member of the legion of gifted artists just like the late Nelliyode Vasudevan Namboothiri and Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan, Devadas has been lively within the Kathakali stage for the previous 35 years and has carried out in European and West Asian nations.

“I joined Kottakal P S V Natyasangham in 1979 on the age of 14 and my first efficiency was as Krishna of Subhadraharanam in 1980. Nonetheless, my Gurus weren’t impressed with my look as I used to be tall and never good-looking. I used to be not supplied gracious roles like ‘pacha’ that painting the noble and divine characters like Krishna, Rama, Bheema and Arjuna due to my look. I needed to carry out the villainous Kathi roles like Ravana and Duryodhana,” he mentioned.

After the 10-year Kathakali coaching, he joined the PSV Natyasangham however did not get roles as folks thought he was not appropriate for Kathakali. 

“In the future, famous artist Kottakal Murali fell sick and the PSV requested me whether or not I can carry out as Sugreevan of Bali Vadham. That was the turning level in my life. The Programme was at Vellinezhi Kinginikottukavu temple. Later Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan launched me to South Kerala,” mentioned Devadas. 

Devadas might be bestowed a ‘Veera Sringhala’ by Kathakali fans at a perform scheduled to be held at Padmashree Kalyana Mandapam at Thali in Kozhikode on Sunday. Sarath A Haridasan, who’s making a documentary for Amazon Prime named Stage on Fireplace primarily based on the lifetime of Devadas, is the chairman of the organising committee.

The 2-day programme might be inaugurated by Kollu Mookambika temple chief archak Okay Ramachandra Adiga at 10 am on Saturday. A gathering of Kathakali fraternity might be held at 2 pm. Main Kathakali artists will take part within the Kathakali performances that can begin at 7 pm. Nalacharitham third Day and prahlada Charitham are the performs to be carried out.

Artwork performances will begin at 10.30 am on Sunday. Kalady Sanskrit College vice-chancellor M V Narayanan will inaugurate the felicitation programme at 5 pm. Percussion artist Mattannur Sankarankutty will current the Veera Sringhala on the event. Later three performs – Nalacharitham fourth day, Karna Sapadham and Dakshayagam might be carried out.

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