Source: The Hindu; Author: Lalithaa Krishnan; Photo Courtesy: K.V. Srinivasan

Madaveedhi, at the heart of Mylapore, and its environs echoed with the resounding clang of cymbals (Ela thalam) and the compelling tattoo of maddalam, chenda and chengila as the ‘Keli’ announced the start of the Kathakali performance at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan under the auspices of Uthareeyam. With Kalanilayam Balakrishnan (Balasan) as Lord Krishna and Pariyanampatta Divakaran as Kuchela working their magic, the much-loved story of evergreen friendship and boundless affection came alive in ‘Kuchelavritam’ as you reminisced, chuckled and ruminated with the protagonists, swept into the emotive current generated by the powerhouse duo. Vocalists Kalamandalam Vinod and Nedumpally Rammohan did themselves proud, with poignant phrases in Bhimplas and Hindolam drawing appreciation.

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Kathakali performance at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Chennai. Photo: K.V.Srinivasan