Bharatanatyam dancer Aswathy V Nair is lacking the stage. Like most performing artistes, the Onam season used to a busy one for Aswathy. “I see little probabilities for any dance programmes taking place this yr,” she says.
“Throughout Onam final yr, I had three reveals in Chennai,” she says. “I’ve additionally carried out throughout the Kerala Authorities’s Onam celebrations.”
In 2006, it was throughout Onam that she choreographed a present for some younger performers in the US. “It was for the primary time that I used to be choreographing one thing that wasn’t related utterly with classical dance,” she says.
She was on a tour of the US and danced and taught for 3 months. “I lived with a Malayali household at Washington,” she says. “What struck me most was the best way the Malayalis fashioned organisations in America. There can be one feast (sadya) by every of these associations each weekend, making individuals uninterested in it by the tip of October.”
And it was throughout one other Onam that she watched the premier of her father M T Vasudevan Nair’s movie, Oru Cheru Punchiri. “It was not launched in theatres and was screened on Asianet,” she says. “It stays certainly one of my favorite movies and I nonetheless keep in mind watching it from our house.”
Onam at house
Actor Vinod Kovoor says he too is lacking the stage and the digicam.
“The Onam season has all the time been the happiest for me; I might not be capable of accommodate all of the reveals that got here my method,” he says. “And I might usually be spending it with Malayalis in Bengaluru and Chennai.”
He says these previous 5 months have been somewhat tough. “There have been no stage reveals, no capturing and subsequently no revenue,” he says. “Solely lately I may resume capturing for the TV present for Marimayam, after a niche of 5 months.”
Vinod’s Onam celebrations might be of low key this yr. “We may have a sadya at house however we don’t intend to purchase any new garments,” he says. “I had by no means imagined that there can be an Onam like this.”
He reminisces about Onam in happier occasions: “Years in the past, once we needed to organise transportation for our present. We had carried out at Thalassery as soon as,” he recollects. “The programme ended very late and we didn’t get any car to return to Kozhikode; no one stopped to provide us a elevate.”
Ultimately, a form lorry driver stopped for Vinod and his mates. “We received on to the again a part of the lorry and reached Kozhikode,” he says. “We have been supposed to provide some cash to the driving force. These days we weren’t paid properly for our reveals. So one of many mates urged we simply run away as soon as the lorry stopped. And we did.”
He chuckles when he recollects one other memorable Onam. “I had dressed up as Maveli for a present,” he says. “However the stray canine within the space have been in all probability not impressed; they ran after me. Maveli needed to run for his life.”
Reminiscences of a cheerful Onam
Dancer, singer and performer Rajashree Warrier’s fondest reminiscence of Onam is of a efficiency. “I’ve been performing Bharatanatyam throughout the Authorities’s tourism celebrations from my faculty days,” she says. “I keep in mind there can be 10 totally different venues in numerous components of Thiruvananthapuram with Kanakakkunnu Palace being the principle one.”
She received a chance on the Nishagandhi stage at Kanakakunnu’s Palace. “Kuchipudi maestro Vempati Chinna Satyam was speculated to carry out, however couldn’t make it, so I used to be requested to bounce on the final minute,” he says. “And that was after my mates made enjoyable of me after I advised them that I may very well be dancing at Kanakakkunnu.”
Greater than three many years later, she remembers what she danced at that present. “I had danced Dashavatharam for half-an-hour,” she says. “I additionally used to sing, usually whereas nonetheless in my Bharatanatyam costume, throughout the Authorities’s Onam celebrations, which additionally helped me develop as an individual and artiste. I used to look at so many classical dance and music programmes in addition to theatre.”
“And it was throughout an Onam celebration competition that I debuted as an expert dancer,” she says.
As for this Onam, she has come to phrases with the truth that she would not be acting on stage, neither would she be capable of watch a present. “I’m simply trying ahead to spending time at house,” she says. “It’s disappointing that my daughter will be unable to return house; she can’t journey from Bengaluru, the place she is working.”