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Five-day ’Chavittu Natakam’ fest at Biennale
 Story Dated: Monday, December 24, 2012 19:51 hrs IST 
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Kochi: The first-ever confluence and interaction of all the existing schools of Indias only classical Christian dance-drama will be the central episode of a five-day 'Chavittu Natakam' festival to be held this week as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Chuvati 12, being convened in coastal Gothuruth village near North Paravur from Dec 26, will host half-a-dozen shows of the five-century-old Kerala ballet that has flourished in a Latin Catholic context and revels in European ballets aesthetics as well as costumes. 'Chavittu Natakam' is believed to have originated in the 16th century after the arrival of Portuguese on the Malabar Coast even as some of its playback scores are in the ancient Dravidian language of Tamil.

The highlight of the fete will be a day-long seminar on Dec 29, when scholars, artists, aesthetes and buffs of Chavittu Natakam will exchange ideas that would be subsequently published as a book, according to organisers of the pioneering festival. This seminar, which will be part the Annual Rings literary space of the Biennale, will see a lecture-demonstration by senior Chavittu Natakam performer Thambi Kadakath.

"The symposium will have a second phase in end-January involving exchange of viewpoints by Chavittu Natakam performers, academicians, critics and art lovers", Ramachandran said. 'The ideas emerging out of it would also form content for the proposed tome. The effort is to contemporarise the art form".

The services of late Sebina Raphy and Georgekutty Asan to Chavittu Natakam will be commemorated at the fete, according to the functionaries of SAC, Gothuruth. A concrete statue of Chinnathambi Annavi, the founder of the art form, is being done by Anto George.

The festival will start off on Wednesday with the play St George, directed by A.N.Anirudhan and performed by the Kerala Chavittu Nataka Academy, Gothuruthu. Julias Caeser, directed by Britto Vincent, Brijeena Charitham, directed by Fr. V.P. Joseph Valiyaveettil and based on the ancient script of Annavi, will be staged. Antony Kadakath will present a solo performance of Chavittu natakam based on the story Roxilin the Villain under the auspices of Peoples Arts Club, Gothuruth.
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