Nalacharitam readies for first-ever complete portrayal abroad

photo by Sreevalsan Theeyyadi
Critic K B Raj Anand of the 26-year-old Trust functioning from Karalmanna off Cherplassery is also part of the ongoing Nalacharitam initiative. “His suggestions on employment of rhythm to the lyrics and their speed have been vital,” notes M K Aniyan, who is coordinating the whole exercise right from the germination of the idea last year.

Two-tracked Music Till Twilight Hour

Cherthala Thankappa Panikkar Photo by Sreevalsan Theeyyadi

Tune-wise, Panickar experimented a lot by introducing ragas less familiar to Kathakali, thanks also to a solid base he had from Carnatic music lessons in childhood. “Further, a five-year Shastri course I did in Sanskrit ensured proper pronunciation and breaking of words in the lyrics,” says the master, whose music was documented in the mid-1980s by (late) classical vocalist-scholar Dr S Ramanathan.