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Natanakairali

Research, Training and Performing Centre for Traditional Arts

Pavakathakali Kalari

Pavakathakali or Puppet Kathakali is a puppet theatre form indigenous to Kerala, that dates back to a few centuries. The troupe of puppeteers at Natanakairali are the only group in Kerala preserving this art form. At the Kalari, a young generation of puppeteers has been initiated and are undergoing training.

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Abhinayakkalari

Abhinayakkalari is a performers’ studio and advanced training and research centre on abhinaya in Kutiyattam and other allied forms functioning under the guidance of G.Venu. Several new productions in Kutiyattam and Nangiar Koothu have taken shape here including Abhijnana Shakunthalam, Vikramorvasheeyam, Urubhangam and Saundaryalahari.

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Natanakaisiki

Natanakaisiki is a research and training centre for female dance and theatre traditions of Kerala. Mohiniyattam, Nangiar Koothu and Thiruvathirakkali are the major art forms at present being studied at Natanakaisiki which was founded by Nirmala Paniker in 1979.

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Abhinayakkalari

Abhinayakkalari is a performers’ studio and advanced training and research centre on abhinaya in Kutiyattam and other allied forms functioning under the guidance of G.Venu. Several new productions in Kutiyattam and Nangiar Koothu have taken shape here including Abhinjana Shakunthalam, Vikramorvasheeyam, Urubhangam and Soundaryalahari.

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Natanakaisiki

Natanakaisiki is a research and training centre for female dance and theatre traditions of Kerala. Mohiniyattam, Nangiar Koothu and Thiruvathirakkali are the major art forms at present being studied at Natanakaisiki which was founded by Nirmala Paniker in 1979.

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Pavakathakali Kalari

Pavakathakali is a puppet theatre form indigenous to Kerala, that dates back to a few centuries. The troupe of puppeteers at Natanakairali are the only group in Kerala preserving this art form. At the Kalari, a young generation of puppeteers has been initiated and are undergoing training.

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Natanakairali was founded in 1975 by G. Venu with the idea of reviving and rejuvenating traditional art forms of Kerala that were on the verge of decline. A focal point of many artistic activities based at Irinjalakuda, Natanakairali has made immense contributions to the growth and development of diverse art forms of Kerala. Training programmes, workshops, seminars and festivals hosted by the centre have helped to bring out the relevance of art forms like Kutiyattam, Nangiar Koothu, Pavakathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kakkarissi Natakam, Tolpavakoothu, Noolpavakoothu, Mudiyettu, Padayani, Kummattikali and Tiruvaathirakkali. Under the guidance of its founder-chairman G.Venu and Nirmala Paniker (founder-director, Natanakaisiki Mohiniyatta Gurukulam)More »