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Coiled Circles

Posted: August 2, 2011 in Poetry
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Coiled in circles

unwind and let go

those chains that bind you

freeing  spirits and thoughts

feel the sand trickle through your toes


Rolled in knots

straighten those threads

those fetters that hold you

freeing  laughter you keep in

feel the smile break,  dance on your face…


Posted: August 2, 2011 in Poetry
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Faith as it stands

stormy on the shore, shaken

rising in defiance

hourglass of time, broken

believing rebirth

praying hymns, incantation

cleansing the soul

surrendering self, divination




BCKA brings a Grand Kathakali Song Concert on August 6, 2011, in Bangalore.

Bangalore Club for Kathakali & the Arts, a non-commercial organisation focusing on the preservation and promotion of Kathakali and other classical art forms, brings to you an evening of Kathakali Padam (Kathakali songs) first time in Bangalore by acclaimed singers Pathiyoor Sankarankutty and Kottackal Madhu.

                                                                                                                            Pathiyoor Sankarankutty  

Pathiyoor Sankarankutty learned music from his father, the renowned Kathakali singer Late Shri. Pathiyoor Krishna Pillai. He passed Ganabhooshanam from RLV Music College, Thripunithara and subsequently joined Kerala Kalamandalam for training in Kathakali music. Pathiyoor’s mellifluous rendering of padams with elaborate bhava has made him a veteran in this field. Pathiyoor has been conferred with several awards including Kerala Kalamandalam Award in 2009 and Fact Chandrasekharan Smaraka Award in 2011. Pathiyoor Sankarankutty currently heads the Kathakali music at Sandarsan Kathakalividhyalam, Ambalappuzha.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Kottackal Madhu is a Sopana music singer and composer from Kottakkal, Kerala, who specialises in Kathakali music. Madhu joined P.S.V Natyasangham to learn Kathakali music after initial lessons of music from Parameswara Iyer. He later became a senior faculty member at the P.S.V Natyasangham. He has composed music for several Kathakali performances and also toured Switzerland with the P.S.V Natyasangham group. He was conferred with the T.V. Kochaniyan award, constituted in memory of the former chairman of the Kerala Kalamandalam, to encourage young artistes.

The language of the songs used for Kathakali is called Manipravalam. Though most of the songs are set in ragas based on the microtone-heavy Carnatic music, there is a distinct style of plain-note rendition, which is known as the Sopanam style.

These artistes will be accompanied by Kalamandalam Krishnadas on Chenda, Kalamandalam Rajnarayanan on Maddalam and Thripoonithura Hari on Edacka. The Kathakali padam concert is happening on August 6th, 2011 at the G M Rejoyz, Malleshwaram, 6.00 pm onwards.


Ms. Lalitha Das

President, Bangalore Club for Kathakali & the Arts

Reg. No.: B.K1V 240/08-09


Tel.: +91 80 23341583