Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Shri.A.K.Antony hails from Cherthala, in Alapuzha District and was born on Dec 28 1940 as the Son of Arackaparambil Kurien Pillai and Elikutty.He had his Primary and High School education at Chethala and for B.A. Degree course he studied at Maharajas College Ernakulam.He completed his Degree of law B.L from Mahatma Gandhi University.His father died in the year 1959 and and so afterwards he was so much attached to the love and care of his mother.
A.K.Antony entered Politics as an active member of the Kerala Students Union(K.S.U.) which is the student's wing of the Indian National Congress.He was leader of many strikes like 'Oru Ana Samaram' which was against the hike of Boat charges and similar activities earned name and fame for him so that he  became the KSU President very easily.Since he was an energetic leader who was able to lead the members staunchly he rose to the position as Youth Congress President and in 1972 he became the K.P.C.C. President.A.K.Antony was the youngest K.P.C.C. President in the history of Kerala.Again in 1987 also he became K.P.C.C. President.
When Shri.K Karunakaran resigned due to the Rajan Case A.K.Antony was made the 8th Chief minister of Kerala  and he served the Office from April 27 1977 to October 27 1978.He was the youngest Chief Minister of Kerala at the age of 37  which is another record which is not yet broken.He was always an idealistic personality and loved to lead a simple life.As he was young, A.K.Antony was ready to go to the Office on a bicycle and did not want an Official vehicle also.What he wanted to insist and spread was the idea   to cut down the lavish expenses of the Government departments.Due to security reasons he was not allowed to go to Office on bicycle.More over he insisted that instead of putting the garlands made of flowers  for the leaders use cotton  hand-loom towels so that it can be distributed among poor and needy people.That practice is still followed by many political workers.
A.K. Antony is well known for his idealistic actions and deeds.He is unselfish and never tried to cling on to positions or tried to catch up positions also.He is a true Gandhian and a very honest Politician.In his work and duties he used to be very strident but he was always against  corruption.When A.K.Antony was made the Chief minister of Kerala for the second time from 1995 March 22 to 1996 May 9 and when he was made the Cabinet Minister of Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and public Distribution in 1994 he resigned because of his  ethics and idealistic reasons and not because of his faults.
He was the leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during the term 1996 to 2001.He was member of the Rajya Sabha from 1985 to 1995.
In 2005 again A.K.Antony  became Rajya Sabha Member and he was nominated as the Indian Defense Minister in the Union Council of Cabinet Ministers.When the Congress party won the elections of 2009 and formed Government under the Prime Minister Shri.Manmohan Singh, he retained his position as the Defense minister for the second term.
A.K.Antony married Elizabeth Antony and they have two children, Anil Kurien Antony and Ajith Paul

During the last so many years of Public service he earned   the love and respect of

millions and millions of Indians.He is always moving along the right path as a true Gandhian.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Kalamandalam Sathyabhama

Kalamandalam V.Sathyabhama was a well known doyen of classical dance varieties and she was especially  an exponent of 'Mohiniyattam' which is a classical dance form originated in Kerala.Kalamandalam Sathyabhama was the first woman Principal of the prestigious 'Kerala Kalamandalam', the famous Institution that gives training to aspirant students in classical art forms like 'Kathakali,Koodiyattam,Mohiniyattam,Ottan Thullal' etc.Sathyabhama was a classical danseuse,teacher and choreographer who was mainly responsible for the revival of Mohiniyattam  dance.
V.Sathyabhama was born at Shornur in Palakkad District of Kerala in the year 1937 to parents Krishnan Nair and Ammini Amma.After finishing 8th standard at school, she joined Kerala Kalamandalam as a full time student and got rigorous training in all types of Classical dance varieties as well as Kathakali.She was one among the first five students for 'Mohiniyattam' and got trained from experts like Chinnammu Amma and Kalyanikutty Amma.
She had her debut major  public performance at the silver Jubilee celebration of Kalamandalam for which the Chief guest was the then Prime Minister of India, Shri.Jawaharlal Nehru.While as a student of this Institute she had the privilege to perform Kathakali,Bharatanatyam,Mohiniyattam etc at Singapore and Malaysia along with the Kalamandalam troupe.
After completing the course she joined Kerala Kalamandalam as a teacher in the year 1957 with the blessings from the Poet Mahakavi Vallathol Narayana Menon who wanted her to revive Mohiniyattam dance.Even though 'Mohiniyattam Kalari' was introduced at Kalamandalam in 1932  itself, this variety of Classical dance was not in a reputed form nor in an attractive style   during the 50's also and was in need of over all major transformations.
Kalamandalam Sathyabhama made several modifications for re-vitalizing this art form in all aspects.She modified the costumes and hairstyle also for this classical dance to give it an attractive, traditional and unique appearance.She made changes and modifications in its performance also.She innovated 35 'adavus' and choreographed new items which resulted in the expansion of this classical dance variety.Poems and songs written by Swathi Thirunal Maharajah,Irrayimman Thampi,Vallathol etc were all selected and choreographed by her.Four 'Varnams',11 padams,1 thillana etc are also the effect of her efforts in this respect.
She served as a teacher at the Kalamandalam till her retirement in 1992.  She was  the first woman  Principal of that Institute.
She married Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair who was a Prominent Kathakali artist and a teacher of that art form at Kalamandlam Institute.
Kalamandalam Sathyabhama's famous disciples include 'Kshemavathy,Sugandhi,Kanak Rele and Bharati Shivaji'. 
Sathyabhama teacher wrote and published a book about Mohiniyattam in Malayalam regarding the 'History,Techniques and Performance' of this art form with the Malayalam  title 'Mohiniyattam-Charithram,Sidhantham,Prayogam'.
She was recipient of several awards such as 'Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademy Award,Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy Award,Nruthya Natya Puraskaram from Government of Kerala,Kalamandalam Award,Swathi Thirunal Puraskaram,Shadkala Govinda Marar Award and also the Prestigious 'Padma Shree Award' from Government of India.
Kalamandalam V.Sathyabhama passed away on September 13, 2015 at the age of 77.