We wrapped up in Chidambaram this morning after five days at the Natyanjali. Another successfully staged festival.
The schedules may not have offered a great mix of dances but one cannot crib ; after all this is a anjali of dancers of all makes and experience.
We were impressed with the audience response to the 45-minute long Koodiyettam performance by veteran Margi Madhu Chakyar on Monday night.
Though the artiste chose a more expressive part of the 'Valiattam' excerpt and the initial gestures and sounds made kids and some people laugh, they slowly began to relate to the act, the music and the art form.
Dr Indu G., who is his sishya and is an artiste in her own right told us backstage that audiences for Koodiyettam in Kerala has fallen. "People do not wish to devote 5 to 6 hours to our recital in this age of fast living but its is our passion that keeps us going," she said.
Back at Moozhikkulam near Always in Kerala where Madhu Chakyar has his institute, students present a recital once every feel and it is open to the public.
Koodiyettam festivals are held twice a year here ( if you wish to check one out buzz Indhu at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Indu also said that even the koothambalam at temples are falling into disuse as the temples/state hardly support Koodiyettam recitals.
Their Natyanjali recital was their first at such an event. And it did hold the attention of rasikas.