Source: The Hindu; Author: Vinu Vasudevan; Photo Courtesy: Hareesh N. Nampoothiri

Keleeravam, a Thiruvananthapuram-based organisation that promotes Kathakali, celebrated its first anniversary with a night-long Kathakali performance at Levy Hall in Krishnavilasam Palace in the capital city. Staging of the plays ‘Nalacharitham Munnam Divasam’, ‘Rajasooyam’, and ‘Kiratham’ was led by stalwarts in the field. The show began with a traditional Thodayam that provides an opportunity for actors to showcase their stamina and flexibility. Kottakkal Pradeep and R.L.V. Pramod performed the Thodayam with neat movements. ‘Rajasooyam’ (southern style) was the second play performed. Madavoor Vasudevan Nair played the role of King Jarasandha with ease and élan.

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Madavoor Vasudevan Nair as Jarasandhan in 'Rajasooyam'. Photo: Hareesh N. Nampoothiri