During the 2nd week
of December 2008 (14th, 15th, and 16th) Kalyana
Krishna foundation a not-for–profit organization focused on social and cultural charities, celebrated its 3rd Annual Dance and Music
Festival (KKDMF) at T. D. M Hall
Kochi, Kerala. The festival is in
commemoration of the Indian Classical legends Late Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair
and Late Kalamandalam Kallyanikutty Amma. KKDMF intend to hold up the
time-tested gems of India’s cultural heritage and it emphasis the importance
and significance of India’s culture to maintain its identity and for that it
facilitate events to reflect this image clearly.
On Day One of the Festival, Dec
14th, the festival began by 6pm with an Inaugural function. Towards
its appreciation to the Gurus of our cultural heritage, who are no more in the
limelight, but who helped us to uplift and maintain the cultural identity and
values of our land, this year KKDMF honored the Kathakali exponents, Sri Kalamandalam Rajan and Sri Panthalam Kerala Varma during this
function. Sri Kalamandalam Rajan
lighted the Bhadradeepam and inaugurated the festival, marking the beginning of
the 3- Day Celebration. Sri Jyotis Balasubramanian, Chairman, honored Sri Kalamandalam Rajan with a Ponnada
for his life long commitment and service in this field. Sri Rajan has worked
for more than a decade along with Sri Krishnan Nair at Tripunithura Fine Arts
Academy. Sri Rajan was very happy to be a part of the festival though his
ailments were so severe that he was accompanied with his wife and an assistant.
Then the First KKF Endowment Award for
Lifelong Commitment in the Field of Art was awarded to Sri Panthalam Kerala Varma. The Award included a KeerthiPatram and
a Cash Award of Rs.10, 000/- that was received by Sri Varma’s daughter as his
sickness restricted distant traveling.
Sri Kalamandalam Rajan inaugurating the 3rd KKDMF
The Inaugural function was soon
followed by a Kathakali presentation- Duryodhana Vadham Story. Sri Krishnan
Nair’s well-known disciples, Sri Thonnakkal
Peethambaran portrayed as Duryodhanan, Sri Thalavadi Aravindan as Dussasanan, Sri Vembayam Appupilla as Shakuni, Mr. Muralikrishnan as Panchali , and Sri Fact Padmanabhan as Sri Krishnan. The other artists of the day were Sri Dr. Narayanan Namboodir as Raudrabheeman, Mr. R.L.V.Pramod as Dharmaputhrar and Mumukshu, Kalamandalam Rajesh Babu & Kalamandalam
Sreejith on Vocal , Mr.
Gopikrishnan Thampuran on Chenda, Mr.
Kalamandalam Sreekumar- Chenda, Mr. Kalanilayam Manoj on Maddalam, Mr. Kalamandalam Vinod- on Maddalam and the Ernakulam
Kathakali Club helped with the Kathakali Yogam.
Thonnakkal Peethambaran, Thalavadi Aravindan, Sri Vembayam Appupilla, and R.L.V.Pramod
Dec 15th the Second Day of the festival commenced with The
Upcoming Talents Slot. Ms. Nandini N. J.
was selected as the 2008 Upcoming Talent in the field of Classical
Carnatic Music. She is the Disciple of Dr
S. Bhagyalekshmi, Dr M.N.Moorthy, Prof P.R. Kumarakerala Varma, Prof Parassala
Ponnammal., & Kalaimamani Bombay S Jayashri Ramnat.
This was accompanied by a Mohiniyattam performance by Smt. Smitha Rajan granddaughter and
disciple of Kalamandalam Kallyanikutty
Ms. Nandini N. J.
The Third Day of the Festival opened its venue for the First KKF
Accredited Artists (KKF conducted its 1st Accreditation Test to
select an upcoming talent in Mohiniyattam, who upholds the teachings of Guru
Kallyanikutty Amma in its purest form). Ms. Sangeetha Gopi and S.
Shalini were selected for their excellence and commitment they have shown
to this dance form. They both have taken the Masters decree in Mohiniyattam
from Tripunithura R.L.V. Fine Arts College and are trying to pursue this dance
in its purest form. KKF was proud to present the two young dancers to the
Cultural Venue of India.
Sangeetha Gopi and S. Shalini
This was followed by a performance by one of India’s leading
Bharatanatyam performers, Roja Kannan.
Roja is a very senior disciple of the renowned Guru Padmashri Adyar K.
Lakshman and Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. She is the General Secretary of
ABHAI (Association of Bharathanatyam Artistes of India) for the past seven
years. She runs her own Academy of Dance & Music “ Bharatha Natyalaya” at
Chennai, India where she is training numerous students. She is also the dance
tutor at the Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore.