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Performer of substance

  • Performer of substance

    Summary: In the journey through the art, Usha felt the desire to enact female characters of strength and personality. Nangiarkoothu is a narration and therefore the performer keeps changing from one character to another. Many women characters went off the stage in many classic dramas. Her grandmother was a consummate Nangiarkoothu performer. Trained rigorously in the gurukula system by Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, she was taught not just the art but a way of living steeped in values and traditions.

    Usha Nangiar’s poise is reflected in her Nangiarkoothu performances as well as in her attitude and approach towards the art she holds close to her heart. Trained rigorously in the gurukula system by Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, she was taught not just the art but a way of living steeped in values and traditions. Usha comes from a family with a long lineage of Koodiyattam artistes, both on her maternal and paternal sides. Her maternal family from Kumaranalloor, Kottayam, has been bestowed the right to perform in many temples around Kottayam , As Reported By Hindu.

    According to the Newspaper,Her grandmother was a consummate Nangiarkoothu performer. But many in the next generation did not take up the art form owing to societal changes. Usha’s father being a mizhavu artiste definitely helped in moulding her interest. When Koodiyattam broke out of ritualistic boundaries, the role of women also underwent a significant change.


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