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Margi Sathi

Margi Sathi was born in Cheruthuruthi of Trichur district in 1965. She started learning Kootiyattam (A form of performing art) at the age of eleven from Kerala Kala Mandalam. In 1988 she joined Margi which was based in Trivandrum. It was an era when the founder of Margi D. Appukuttan Nair and Dr. Ayyappa Panikkar both interested in Sanskrit plays were trying to revive Kootiyattam and were implementing their programme through Kendra Sahithya Academy. Smt. Margi Sathi was lucky to take part actively in this programme and perform Kootiyattam on various stages as a part of this. The book “Sreeramacharitham Nangyarkoothu” is actually a part of their effort to popularize the artwork, Nangyarkoothu. Nangyarkoothu is a temple art which is usually performed only by women. This temple art has prominence because of its perfection in four types of Abhinaya (acing) and the rules for its performance. While one Nangyaramma (woman involved in this art) performs on the stage another one recites the shlokas (verses) which are being performed, in a suitable melody. She also beats to the rhythm of orchestra during the performance. Nambiar (Man who takes part of this art) performs on Mizhavu, itakka, savu and Kurumkuzhal (all instruments used in the orchestra) in harmony with the performance. This is how Nangyarkoothu is usually staged. Sreeramacharitham is written in a manner which helps the onstage performance of Nangyarkoothu. The beginning portion of ‘Sreeramacharitham Nangyarkoothu’ is included here. In the scene the actress who plays the role of Seetha comes to the stage. A detailed narration of stage performance and the launching shloka (verse) are included in this. The earnest effort to present a not so popular art form on stage in front of people commands a special mention.
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