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MOOZHIKKULAM KOCHUKUTTAN CHAKKIYAR- KOOTIYATTAM EXPONENT
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Submitted by UMAMAHESWARI on Sun, 2007-01-28 22:10.
Moozhikkulam Kochukuttan Chakkiyar was in the city recently to receive the honor bestowed on him by Margi and Drisyavedi. In an interview this octogenarian talks about Adiyantharakoothu, his masters, the gurukaula system and his renowned disciples like Margi Sathi. It was he who introduced Nirvahanam by female characters.
Moozhikkulam Kochukuttan Chakkiyar (Parameswarn) was born in the traditional family of Kootiyattam performers. He had his initial lessons from the family members and had advanced lessons from Kidangoor Chakkiars. Kallangara Ksharathu Narayana Pisharodi taught him Sanskrit.
Kochukuttan Chakkiyar joined Margi in 1981. Ammannur Madhava Chakkiyar was the tutor. He composed attaprakarams for certain portions of Acharyachudamani. It was Kochukuttan Chakkiyar who trained his students and staged them. He staged chudamani till EZHAMANGAM Bharatavakyam. “I was paid Rs.250/. We were five. I never complained” he said. He trained Margi Sathi and Usha who have staged maximum number of female characters. He choreographed Parnasalangam, Mayaseethangam, and Agnipravesangam of the Achryachoodamani. What he had learned can be staged continuously for 180 days!
Nirvahanam of Chedi Kalpalathika (Subhadradhananjayam) is spread over 237 slokams. Kochu Kuttan Chakkiyar, made it into 30 chapters. It requires 30 days (3 hours per day) and trained Sathi.
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