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GOINGNATIVE

The eyes have it

Maryse Noiseux’s ‘Satsangam’ has her rooted to the city

Photo: S. Mahinsha

Striking a pose Maryse Noiseux

Love for theatre brought Canadian Maryse Noiseux to Kerala. And it was the same love that led to her starting a centre for art and culture called ‘Satsangam’ on the outskirts of the city in 1989. She says: “A friend suggested I trav el to Kerala to watch Kathakali, especially by Kudamaloor Karunakaran Nair. Although I did catch a performance it was not Kudamaloor’s. But I was hooked.”

Training

So, to train, she headed for Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam, Irinjalakuda in 1980. “A friend Agnes Lavande and I were the first women and foreigners to be admitted.”

One day, “Kudamaloor Karunakaran Nair came down to Kalanilayam for a demonstration. I saw him enact the roles of Sita and Malathi and fell in love with his style,” says Maryse.

However, Kudamaloor had retired. “But Agnes and I did not have to coax him much into teaching us. And we trained under the gurukulam system,” says a nostalgic Maryse. But adjust she did. So much so that Kerala has become home to her. “I have been here for the last 25 years or so making the city my home through Satsangam. Agnes, however, did not live to see Satsangam blossom,” says Maryse.

But wasn’t settling down in Kerala tough? “No. I fell in love as soon as I landed here. People here are strong. They go through life with a smile. I dislike the system of education here though,” says Maryse whose daughter Ajna is in class 10. “It has turned into a money minting business.”

With her husband, Rainer, working in Italy, Maryse goes there often. “There is a branch of the Satsangam there.” Ask this 52-year-old if she plans to return to Canada or Italy and Maryse says: “Kerala is my home. Asan was my mentor and as long as I live, I hope to preserve Asan’s and Agnes’ dream of Satsangam.”

Liza George

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