SOUTH INDIA WAS CELEBRATED ON 20th MAY 2017

KATHAKALI MEETS CARNIVAL EXHIBITION OF COSTUMES.

INDIA DAY: 20th May 2017



The Kathakali Meets Carnival exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery came alive through the skills of artists from South India on Saturday 20th May.

Top international Kathakali actor Kalamandalam Vijayakumar performed a superb version of the story Poothana Moksham to an audience totally engaged in the powerful storytelling of Kathakali.

Bhagya Lakshmi presented an excellent solo performance of Bharathanatyam illustrating to beautiful movements of this ancient classical dance.

Children of families originally from Kerala and settled in Southampton presented a performance of Bharathanatyam. Some were as young as four years old and taught by Bhagya Lakshmi.

Singer, Tresa Jishnu, daughter in law of the legend Kathaklai singer Sadanam Jothi, sang songs of Kerala and triggered memories of South India in the people from Kerala who were part of the audience.

Ladies form the Kerala community had studied the 2,000 year old dance ritual called Kia Kotti Kali from Bhagya and presented for the first time in public a wonderful version of this dance.




Poothana Moksham by Kalamandalam Vijayakumar

Photo credit Garry Layborn



Photo credit Rebecca Hodges

The ladies of the Kerala Community of Southampton learned Kia Kotti Kali from Bhagya. Most are nurses and came to classes after they had finished their shift - such was their dedication to their heritage.






Bhagya Lakshmi performing Bharathanatyam.





Photo credit Rebecca Hodges

What happens today will eventually become our history - children are the next generation to shape the world we live in and take society into a new era.


The afternoon ended with a celebration of culture and how heritage travels when people migrate and take their traditions with them.



The last chance to celebrate INDIA DAY will be on
12th AUGUST 1.00pm - 3.00pm
SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY - FREE EVENT.


Kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund



                             



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