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Mathoor and Madavoor: A Study in Contrasts

Mathoor and Madavoor: A Study in Contrasts

Kathakali veterans Mathoor Govindankutty and Madavoor Vasudevan Nair represent an interesting era in the history of the dance drama All his life, Madavoor Vasudevan Nair was an uncompromising practitioner of the Kaplingadan school of Kathakali, a style that flourished in his southern Kerala. That was strikingly unlike Mathoor Govindankutty who, in spite of his Kaplingadan...

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Sadanam K Harikumar: The Sculpting of a Multifaceted Artist

Sadanam K Harikumar: The Sculpting of a Multifaceted Artist

Terracotta sculptures have been of increasing interest to musician-dancer-lyricist Sadanam K Harikumar. A take on the all-round artist who won a Kerala Lalithakala Akademi honour recently. The schoolboy spent his leisurely hours with pot-makers, trying to mould small figures from clay. Then, into his thirties, Sadanam K Harikumar resumed that aesthetic engagement. This time, too,...

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Alice Boner: Kathakali’s First Ambassador to the West

Alice Boner: Kathakali’s First Ambassador to the West

Swiss Indologist Alice Boner's enthusiasm for Kathakali triggered the Kerala art-form's popularity across the West since the 1930s. She remains largely forgotten amid the 90th anniversary celebrations of Kalamandalam, the dance-theatre's premier institution.

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