A have a look at the origins of the 15-day course in Kerala’s Irinjalakuda that teaches performers to dig deep inside to emote
When a drunken brawl erupted between two younger males on the roof of a home at Irinjalakuda, a crowd quickly gathered. Because it threatened to worsen, the woman subsequent door picked up the cellphone to name the police. The duo’s pals rushed to cease her, explaining that they had been solely college students of Natanakairali, practising abhinaya.
G. Venu, the director of Natanakairali and the person behind Navarasa Sadhana, has devised an ingenious strategy of evoking the 9 rasas throughout a 15-day course that’s attended by performing artistes .
Venu has an extended historical past — six a long time as a Kathakali artiste, researcher, writer of many books, and consummate Koodiyattam performer — but it surely was his tryst with Koodiyattam maestro Ammannur Madhava Chakyar 4 a long time in the past that served as a catalyst to discover the intense heights of abhinaya that the Chakyar group is known for from the times of the Silappathikaram. Venu adopted Ammannur Madhava Chakyar like a shadow till the latter’s demise in 2008, intently finding out the coaching methodology of Chakyars.
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He organised a collection of workshops for 3 years, through which practitioners of Koodiyattam, Kathakali and different classical dances, of Tantric vidya, Theyyam and Mudiyettu had been roped in for discussions and demonstrations. Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair, Kidangur Rama Chakyar, Lakshmana Peruvannan, KPC Narayanan Bhattathiripad and Padma Subramaniam had been a number of the pivotal individuals concerned. Navarasa Sadhana is the end result of all this.
Venu additionally dipped deeply into the Natyasastra, which states that rasa is produced by the skilful mixture of vibhava (determinents), anubhava (consequents) and vyabhichari bhavas (transitory states). Mentioned Venu, “My enquiries satisfied me that although these have been prescribed in Natyasastra, the vyabhichari bhavas haven’t been totally explored by academicians and practitioners previously”.
Outdated to new
It speaks of Venu’s ingenuity that he has been capable of evolve a strategy that’s anchored in custom however continues to be relevant for coaching in up to date strategies of abhinaya. It consists of stylisation workouts which might be based mostly on bringing collectively each bhava associated to the sensory and bodily realms culled from on a regular basis experiences.
College students are inspired to focus on vibhavas akin to fear, poverty, humiliation, loss, and so forth. to kindle their feelings. Throughout the course of, they shed their inhibitions. Curiously, they’re allowed to make use of your entire campus to expertise every vyabhichari bhava.
This author noticed college students sitting frozen, breaking into convulsions or spells of shouting. Some collapsed on the bottom. Lastly, one after one other, they enacted roles of their selection, to depict completely different feelings. Venu identified that these are experiences of vyabhichari bhavas and never abhinaya. It’s this expertise that allows college students to remodel from the person to the actor after which to the character.
The transformation is less complicated as a result of they’ve complete freedom — Venu’s function consists in merely giving them some strategies and narrating tales in regards to the stalwarts of yore.
Venu launched this technique within the Nationwide College of Drama in 2010 the place he had been educating Koodiyattam since 2007. It was discovered to be very fruitful and it was after this that he conceptualised the 15-day course in 2016. As of March this 12 months, till the lockdown, some 400 college students have accomplished the course. The course has since gone on-line.
Most college students are acclaimed performers in theatre, cinema and classical dance from throughout the nation and overseas. One theatre artist in contrast her physique to a string instrument that was not correctly tuned, and mentioned, “Now, I understand how to tune my physique myself.”