Friday, January 15, 2016

Margi Sathi

Margi Sathi was an exponent of the well renowned Classical art form of Kerala  'Koodiyattam' which is a combined form of Dance and Drama.She was also an accomplished performer of 'Nagiarkoothu' which is also an ancient classical art form of Kerala which is performed by females only.
Koodiyattam is believed to be  originated in Kerala and has a heritage of more than 2000 years.This art form was performed only in temples where  'Koothambalam', a separate building for enacting this dance drama were built.Koodiyattam  and art forms such as  'Koothu' and 'Nangiarkoothu' were performed only in 'Koothambalam' which are there in many   temple premises up to 1950 but these art forms are allowed outside the temple premises at present.
 In India, Koodiyattam is the only ancient classical  dance-drama art form that follows the rules of the ancient text 'Natya Sasthram' till today.Mani Madhava Chakyar, a maestro of Koodiyattam took courage to take this art form outside temple premises and performed in many places in India and abroad.Koodiyattam received International recognition when UNESCO proclaimed it as a "masterpiece of Oral and intangible heritage of humanity" in the year 2001.
Margi Sathi was also present at Paris  at the UNESCO Headquarters on that  occasion and along with her Guru and  troupe performed Koodiyattam there.

Margi Sathi was born to parents Subramanyan Embranthiri and Parvathy Antharjanam in 1965 at Cheruthuruthi in Thrissur.She learnt 'Koodiyattam' from Kerala Kalamandalam  from the age of 11 and that course extended for 8 years.At the prestigious Kerala Kalamandalam Institute, her 'Gurus' for Koodiyattam course were 'Painkulam Rama Chakyar,Mani Madhava Chakyar and Ammannur Madhava Chakyar' who were all brilliant experts in this art form.
After  completion of the course she got married to Subramanyan Potti who was an exponent of  percussion instruments 'Edakka and Mizhavu' which are used for Koodiyattam,Koothu and Nangiar Koothu.Edakka is also played during pooja rituals in temples.After her marriage she moved to Thiruvananthapuram, the native place of her husband.
At Trivandrum she joined 'Margi  Dance Institute' where Koodiyattam,Koothu,Namgiar Koothu,Kathakali and some other dance forms are taught and  she got well trained in 'Nangiar Koothu'.Padmashri.P.K.Nambiar was her main Guru at Margi for 'Nangiarkoothu'.
She performed  Nangiarkoothu on many stages and also enacted female characters for Koodiyattam and became  famous as 'Margi Sathi' by adding the epithet 'Margi' with her name.
At the institute  'Margi' she also contributed and assisted  Dr.K.Ayyappa Panikkar and D.Appukuttan Nair for certain contemporary  changes of the dance-drama 'Koodiyattam'  and also for its  upheaval.
She wrote 'Sreerama Charitham,Seethayanam and Bhaktha Meera' for enactment in Nangiarkoothu.
She acted in the Malayalam  movie 'Nottam' in 2005 which has a theme based on Nangiarkoothu.The director of that film  'Sasi Paravoor' requested   Margi Sathi to act  as the heroine and she accepted it.During the shooting of this film her husband died of an electric shock.Margi Sathi appeared in a few other films of directors such as 'M.P.Sukumaran Nair,P.Balachandran' and so on  later.
Kerala Government gave her the post as Koodiyattam teacher at Kerala Kalamandalam in the year 2005.
Margi Sathi received awards and recognition

 such as  Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award,Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture,Kaladarpanam Award,Thunchan Smaraka Samithi Award,Natyaratnam Puraskaram and many more.

She passed away on Dec 1, 2015 at the age of 50.

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