Performance

Natanakairali has been a pioneer in organizing performances/performance tours of traditional artforms in Kerala, all over India and abroad. The troupes comprising of resident artistes and invited artistes have performed and conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations at various prestigious theatres, festivals and numerous other venues.

Natanakairali also has two Kalari-s (performance studios) where the annual festivals and other performances and workshops are held. Sponsored performances of Kutiyattam, Mohiniyattam and Pavakathakali can be specially arranged at our spaces or in a suitable space(specific conditions and requirements apply) elsewhere.

For queries/bookings please mail us at performancenatanakairali@gmail.com

Major performances

  • All Kerala Dance Workshop under the auspices of Kerala Sangeet Nataka Akademi (Trichur) in 1977
  • Festival of Folk Performing Arts conducted by the Sangeet Natak Akademi (New Delhi) at Madras in 1977 – Kakkarissi Natakam
  • The National Shadow Theatre Festival organised the Sangeet Natak Akdemi at Bangalore in 1978 – Tolpavakoothu
  • Presented Tolpavakoothu (shadow puppets) at the International Festival of Asian Countries Puppet Theatres held at Taskent (USSR) in 1979 – K.L. Krishnankutty Pulavar was the master puppeteer.
  • Krishnanattam – Organised Guruvayur Devaswom Krishnanattam Troupe to participate in the festival of Mask-Dances held in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and England in 1980. Marine Pitoeff was the chief co-ordinator.
  • Presented Kutiyattam at the Recontres Nord-Sud Cultures (France) – 1982 Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar was the main performer.
  • Festival of India in London –Kutiyattam,1982
  • Puppet Theatre Festival in Bielsko-Biala, Poland with the Pavakathakali troupe in 1984.
  • Festival of India in France 1986 (Kutiyattam) Guru Ammannur Madhva Chakyar was the main performer.
  • Puppet Carnival in India (Japan) with the Pavakathakali Troupe  1986.
  • Festival of India in Switzerland with the Kutiyattam troupe (with Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar) and with the Pavakathakali– 1987
  • Festival of India in Sweden (Tolpavakoothu) – 1987, Tolpavakoothu – K.L. Krishnankutty Pulavar was the master puppeteer.
  • International Puppet Theatre Days in Hydra (Greece) – 1987, Tolpavakoothu – K.L. Krishnankutty Pulavar the master puppeteer.
  • International Puppet Festival in Amsterdam(Pavakathakali) – 1987
  • Festival of India in Japan (Kutiyattam) – 1988. Guru Ammannur Madhva Chakyar was the main performer.
  • Puppet Festival at Bilbao (Spain) – Tolpavakoothu – 1991.K.L. Krishnankutty Pulavar was the master puppeteer.
  • Performance of Tolpavakoothu in Japan under the auspices of Foundation Modern Puppet Centre – 1993.K.L. Krishnankutty Pulavar was the master puppeteer.
  • Lecture demonstrations in Sril Lanka – 1994.
  • Kutiyattam Mahotsavam under the auspices of Sangeet Natak Akademi (New Delhi) – 1995. (As a performer and resource person)
  • Masks of Winternights (Copenhagen) –Kutiyattam – 1998. Solo performance and Lecture demonstration of G Venu.
  • Golden Jubilee Celebrations of India’s Independence in Japan (Aug-Nov. 1997)
  • Rieberg Museum in Zurich – 1977
  • Summer Festival at the Orienteatern in Stockholm in 1998
  • The World Theatre Conference in Shanghai, China in 1998.
  • The World Theatre Workshop in Kerala – January, 1999. (As one of the directors)
  • The World Theatre Workshop in Sweden Aug. to November 1999. (As one of the directors)
  • Lecture demonstration on Kutiyattam at the Galilei Hall of the University Degli Studi di Padova in Italy in 1999.
  • Lecture demonstration on Abhinaya and solo performance of Kutiyattam at the Theatre Research, Dance and Mime Departments of the University of Copenhagen in 1999.
  • Yunlin International Puppet Festival (Taiwan) Pavakathakali Troupe 1999.
  • World Theatre Workshop in Mozambique – May, 2000
  • Festival of World Intangible Cultural Treasures (Korea) in June, 2000
  • Performance of Kutiyattam under the auspices of High Commission of India in Malaysia and ICCR – June, 2000
  • The World of Kathakali – performance organised by Foundation Modern Puppet Centre – Oct-Nov, 2000.
  • ‘Into the Sacred Waters’ Symposium organised by Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network at Dalhousie . Performance of Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar and Kapila Venu– 2001.
  • HYDRA DIALOUGUE 2001 – International Symposium in the island of Hydra, Kutiyattam Performance at UNESCO, Paris, Oct, 2001(As a performer)
  • International Theatre Seminar at Copenhagen University (2001) – Lecture demonstration and performances of Pavakathakali
  • Pavakathakali Performance at Putul Yatra in Delhi organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi on the occasion of World UNIMA Congress during March, 2003
  • Seminar on ‘Le Patrmonie Cultural Immaterial’ jointly organised by Assilah Forum Foundation, Maison des Cultures du Monde (Paris) and UNESCO at Assilah, Morocco in 2003.
  • Noh and Kutiyattam – organised by Indo – Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Exchange Project at Trivandrum – 2004 (Presented the Kutiyattam of Kalidasa’s play Vikramorvaseeyam directed by G.Venu.
  • Seminar and Festival of Nangiar Koothu organised by Margi Kutiyattam Vidyalaya at Trivandrum in 2004 (Presented Sree Sankara’s Soundryalahari in Nangiar Koothu (Directed by G.Venu and performed by Kapila)
  • Kabuki and Kathakali – Symposium and workshop organised by Foundation Modern Puppet Centre at Maubiru Hall, Tokyo –-2004(Lec-dem with Margi Vijaya Kumar)
  • Kathakali and Beijing Opera – Symposium and workshop organised by Foundation Modern Puppet Centre at Marubiru Hall, Tokyo, 2004(Lec-dem with V.P Ramakrishnan Nair and Sadanam Krishnankutty).
  • Nangiar Koothu at IIC experience on 23rd October 2010 at the India International Centre, New Delhi
  • Shree Sankara’s Soundaryalahari in Kutiyattam by Natana Kairali and performed by Kapila Venu at the Shizuoka Performing Arts Centre in Shizuoka, Japan on 16 and 17 October 2010.

 
Major performances of the Kutiyattam play SAKUNTALA – (Kalidasa’s Abhijnana Sakuntalam – directed by G.Venu)

  • National Theatre Festival, Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi 2002 (1st Act)
  • Bharat Rang Mahotsav, National School of Drama, New Delhi – 2002(4th and 5th Acts)
  • Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh – 2003 (1st Act)
  • Rieberg Museum, Zurich – 2003 (1st and 5th Acts)
  • ‘body city – sting contemporary culture in India’ – Festival at House of World Cultures’ – Berlin, 2003 (1st and 5th Acts)
  • ‘Mudra – meaning, metaphor and mystique,’ Festival and Seminar organised by IGNCA, New Delhi (2004) (1st and 5th Acts)
  • Gangneung International Folklore Festival, Korea – 2004 (1st and 5th Acts)
  • ‘Torino Settembre Musica’ Festival, Italy- 2004 (1st to 7th Acts in 4 days)
  • Kerala Festival under the auspices of Ateliers d’ ethnomusicology, Geneva(2004) – (1st to 7th Acts – in 3 days)
  • THANIMA – Cultural Festival of Irinjalakuda jointly organised by Municipal Corporation, Block and Village Panchayats – 2005
  • Salle Pleyel in Paris on a duration of 8 hours 40 minutes on 26th June 2010.
  • National School of Drama on 25th September 2010. The entire Sakuntala staged on a single day on a duration of 10 hours 30 minutes.
  • Ranga Sankara Festival in Bangalore on 31st October 2010.
  • 4 to 7 November 2011 in DUBAI under the auspices of THIRANOTTAM and Indian Cultural Organisation as part of the International Kutiyattam and Kathakali Festival. This was the first time such a lengthy play of 13 hours duration presented through 4 days in a Gulf country.