The Kutiyattam Kendra, here will conduct a series of Kutiyattam lecture-demonstrations all across the state.
This will be followed by performances at 14 selected schools spread across all 14 districts. The programme is being organised in association with the Dept of Education, Govt of Kerala, and KPSTU cultural organisation Sargasahithi.
Intending to reach out to high school-level students and teachers, this is a focused attempt to disseminate the artform of Kutiyattam, a cultural tradition that dates back to 2000 and odd years, among the younger generation.
It would also serve as an opportunity for young viewers to familiarise themselves with the ancient theatre practice and clarify their doubts. The initiative is expected to attract new talents to the artform, said the organisers in a joint press conference here on Friday.
A humorous episode from Kulasekhara Varman’s 11th century Kutiyattam play ‘Subhadra Dhananjaya’ is a part of SSLC syllabus and the programme is conceptualised against its backdrop.
Cultural Minister K C Joseph will inaugurate the state-level programme at the St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Pattom, here on November 7 at 2 p.m.
MLAs K Muraleedharan and Palode Ravi, Director of Public Instructions A Shajahan, KPSTU president P Harigovindan, writer Radhika C Nair, KPSTU general secretary A K Abdul Samad, Sargasahithi state coordinator Shahitha Rahman and others will attend.