Thursday, April 19, 2007
. Neelamperoor Padayani in south Kerala, one of the rich endowments in cultural and artistic expression that India has, is a colourful and participatory celebration of life and faith. The most striking aspect of Neelamperoor Padayani is its participatory character. It is a mind boggling to see one whole village living in a State that is getting urbanized at a frenetic pace get together to celebrate a festival. Every child and adult in every family in Neelamperoor is part of the Padayani festivities, something amazing considering the kind of divisions that otherwise exist in modern political societies. The activities begin at a slow rhythm and move to a grand finale which is a cathartic experience for the entire village. Its links with nature is so close that It is as though every plant and every twig in the village is being nurtured for the Neelamperoor Padayani. The artistic constructions that make Neelamperoor Padayani a colourful experience are all made using leaves, twigs and colours made from the locality.
As a part of my official work I was there to document the whole process of padayani rituals and performance. It was amaszing to see how a villagers were using temple permisses for variety of performances,.its a flow of movements and rhythm, one ritual to another...entries and exsit...