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A saga of triumphant love

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The International Centre for Koodiyattom is presenting Naganandam Koodiyattom, in association with Thripunithura Kathakali Kendram, at Kalikotta Palace on Sunday.

The performance was originally scheduled for April 5, but was postponed after the death of Moozhikulam Kochukuttan Chakyar.

This is the second act of Naganandam, the Sanskrit play by Harshavardhan, depicting the story of Jeemoothavahanan, the prince of Jeemootaketu. The king entrusts his kingdom to the prince and moves on to ascetic life at Mount Malaya.

The prince too follows, after assigning administration to ministers, and reaches the forest to take care of his parents. There, he meets a beautiful girl in a hermitage. He falls in love with her and makes a portrait of her.

She was indeed Malayavati, princess of King Viswavasu. She had heard about Jeemoothavahan and was in love with him. Knowing his sister’s mind, prince Mitravasu takes the proposal to Jeemoothavahanan.

Not knowing that he is in love with Malayavati, Jeemoothavahanan turns down the proposal. Thus spurned, Malayavati decides to commit suicide. Realising his mistake, Jeemoothavahanan stops her in time and they decide to marry. This play employs a rare scene, known as kettinjaluka, to depict the suicide attempt of the heroine.

Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar is coming on stage as Jeemothavahanan and Aparna Nangiar as Malayavati. Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar (Vidushaka), Sooraj Nambiar (Mitravasu) and Sarita Krishnakumar (Chedi) are other actors on stage.

Kalamandalam Rajiv, Kalamandalam Hariharan and Kalamandalam Narayanan Nambiar will handle the mizhavu, Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan will handle the idakka and Kalamandalam Divya will provide rhythm. Kalanilayam Haridas and Sivadasan Nambiar will be in charge of make-up. The play will begin at 5.30 p.m.

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