are some dark aspects in the traditions of Kerala. A Nangiar, though she
is a female member of the Nambiar caste, can retain her rights as a Nangiar,
only if she is married to a Chakyar, though a Chakyar does not have to
be married to an Illodamma (female member of Chakyar community) or a Nangiar
to retain his performing rights!
('At the Crossroads,' by K K Gopalakrishnan, the Hindu magazine, March 26, 2006)
artifacts have been unearthed from the ruins of a Muruga temple that the
ASI (archaeological Survey of India) has been excavating since July 2005
on the beach at Salavankuppam close to the Tiger Cave near Mahabalipuram.
A 13cm by 12cm bas relief terracotta plaque belonging to the 2nd century
AD depicts 5 women with head gear and prominent eyes performing 'kuravai
koothu,' a folk dance. Their mouths are open as if they are singing. It's
an important find because it is difficult to find terracotta figurines
of the pre-Pallava period. 'Kuravai koothu' performed in Murugan temples
find mention in the Tamil epic Silappadikaram.
('Rare artifacts found' by T S Subramanian, The Hindu, March 28, 2006)
|Hastiru Foundation, Bangalore in Association with The Titan Group organised a unique event of '56 hours of non-stop Tabla playing' by 53 year old Embar Vagulabharanam, who broke the Guinness record by this feat. The event started on the 17th March at 7.00pm and ended at 3.20am on the 20th March at Sri Odukattur Mutt Auditorium, Bangalore.|