WELCOME TO SOPHIE
Hi Barbara here - we are delighted to welcome Sophie as a volunteer for the Kathakali - Carnival Heritage Project. Trained in costumes, sets and backstage at Canterbury University Sophie is naturally interested in learning more about the Kathakali costumes and make up. She will be helping with the installation of our Kathakali costumes at Southampton City Art Gallery opening May 13th until 19th August 2017. Handling valuable heritage objects that are sacred will provide a new way of considering how to display an exhibition. Sophie will be coming to the Kathakali costume conservation workshop on Saturday 15th July 2017 at Southampton City Art gallery as one of the varied Activity Days available. Sophie will also be accompanying us as part of our Education Programme to see how we present Kathakali and it`s cultural heritage to a variety of ages. Hope you enjoy your time with us Sophie! If anyone else would like to volunteer please contact us.
WELCOME TO NADINE
Hi Barbara here - we are delighted to welcome Nadine onto the Kathakali - Carnival heritage project as a volunteer. Nadine`s connection in the Caribbean and the Southampton Caribbean community is brilliant as we can now open this project up to people with links to the Caribbean and not living in Southampton . Everything is going well and if any of you have links to Southampton Carnival, the Caribbean or south India and would like to share your memories and culture as part of the Oral History section we would love to hear from you. please email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
Hi Barbara here - HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all the remarkable people of India. Thank you for creating, preserving and sharing some of the most incredible art forms on earth, your philosophy, your food, your culture, your generosity. When I walked across Waga Border in 1972 after travelling thousands of miles overland I felt as if I had come "home" - for so many things THANK YOU India!.
THANK YOU ALICE
Hi Barbara here - I would like to thank Alice for her valuable contribution to our Kathakali - Carnival Heritage Project especially her research on the Indentured Labourers who went form India to the Caribbean. THANK YOU ALICE! If you would like to share your memories of Kerala, India, Kathakali, the Caribbean or the Southampton Carnival please send me an email for more details - email@example.com - hope to hear from you.
Hi Barbara here - I would like to pay tribute to a very talented person called Mark Bennett - he is the photographer who took the incredible photographs of Kathakali that we are using . Mark asked if he could take photographs of our performance at the 2015 WOMAD Festival, the last performance of the tour. I agreed and invited him backstage to photograph the preparation as well as the performance. Mark was exceptional, very respectful to our culture, a lovely person to be with and of course an outstanding photographer. His photographs are helping us to show the stunning visual images of the Kathakali costumes and the make up but what he has really captured so beautifully is the emotion and the characters of the actors. Thanks Mark for giving us your superb photographs.
I would also like to acknowledge the superb actors who bring the stunning images of Kathakali to life - Kalamandalam Balasubramanian, the ex principal of the Kerala Kalamandalam, is an amazing artist who has devoted his whole life to Kathakali. He is renowned for his portrayal of the heroic characters [green face] and when he performs the room stands still. Kalamandalam Vijayakumar has been performing internationally since 1982 when he toured with the Indian government sponsored Festival of India. He has the rare ability to reach into the heart of the audience through his passion, facial expressions and his remarkable emotions. It has been said that when he comes on stage there is a presence that comes with him that takes the audience into the depth of a Kathakali play. I pay tribute to these wonderful people who are bringing quality authentic Kathakali to the people of this country.
SOUTH INDIANS IN INDONISIA
Hi Barbara here - I have just got this fist hand information from Prabhakar about people from south India who went to Indonesia as Indentured Labourers.
Prabhakar Dhoopati "Almost everyone spoke Tamil and merged with the majority Tamilians.
So is the case with Telugus. All of them were called 'kalingas'. There were marriages (as all of them were non-brahmins and were from farming communities) among these linguistic groups and the subsequent generation hardly knew their roots. This I learned when I was in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. I really don`t know to what extent this is authentic, though I met a lot of Telugus who called themselves Naidus, married many Tamilians.
Does anyone have any comments on this information and does anyone know if people from Kerala [Malabar] went to Indonesia as Indentured Labourers?
Hi, it’s Alice here. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to be fully involved in exciting projects that seem to encapsulate your interests and passions. But when The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company advertised for volunteers to support the Company with their Kathakali – Carnival Heritage Project, I was excited to really get involved and help the project grow.
Kathakali is one of the most powerful forms of sacred storytelling in the world.