All the way from Sweden to master Kalaripayattu, Ottanthullal
For an average Malayali, say for the young generation at least, watching the traditional art forms of Kerala like Mohiniyattam or Kathakali is a dull task. But definitely not for scores of foreigners who travel all the way to God’s Own to get trained by experts and in public. Charlott Linheil, who staged an Ottanthullal performance for the Navarathri festival, absolutely passion for these cultural art forms that prompted her to fly all the way from to Kozhikode. The young artiste is currently getting trained at Hindusthan Kalari under Laxmana Gurukkal Suresh in Ottanthullal. Says Charlott, “Basically I am a theatre artiste back in my hometown. I have always had a passion to explore the art orbit of all nationals. It was because of my teacher that I came to Kerala. Though she is from Switzerland, she travels back and forth several 40-performance. But if you ask me to utter a word outside this poetry line, I will be dumbfounded,” smiles the woman, who chose ‘Kiratham’ as her subject for the Ottanthullam performance. Charlotte says her ambition is to inculcate these traditional art forms in the contemporary art domain. “This is my third year in Kerala and spreading the flavour of this art form to those who are keen on learning it. I have been in Kerala for four years to study Kalaripayattu and I am still a student. But back in my place, there’s a genuine crowd to master the art form and I teach them some of the basic lessons of Kalaripayattu,” she says.