Archive for November, 2010
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The actual Kathakali story starts when Melepadam finishes. The audience have been bathed in powerful drumming, superb singing, rituals and ceremonies. This is in preparation for the full impact of Kathakali to descends onto the stage and depict stories from the great Hindu epics.
Normally two or three plays are performed throughout the night starting with a love story or one featuring every day life, saving the last story for an almighty battle when good conquers evil, just before the sun rises in the cool early morning sky to celebrate a new beginning as light blesses the earth. The temples hold annual festivals where the community is encouraged to evolve with more compassion and care for each other. Throughout the night the audience and artists have engaged in a universal journey where goodness prevails over evil to illustrate the path to a better life.
Idukki, the hilly district of Kerala gets the name from Malayalam word ‘Idukku’, which means a narrow gorge. The charming district is the most nature rich areas of Kerala and teems with picturesque peaks and verdant valleys. Its 1500 sq. kms. Reserved forest area is a haven for enchanting wildlife and exotic flora. The district is watered by three main rivers – periyar,Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar and is referred as the “power house” of kerala, as about 60% of the states power needs are fulfilled by the hydro-electric power station at Moolamattom. Idukki is also well known for its tea industry and pepper.
Wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, trekking and elephant rides are some of the attractions of this beautiful district. It is also home to large number of tribal population known for their unique customs and beliefs.
Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000 year old Vishnu temple and the ashramam. ‘Sivagiri Mutt’is a little distance from the beach. At the serene Varkala beach is a quiet sea resort rich in mineral water springs. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins, Hence the name ‘Papanasam beach’. A two thousand year old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple, stands on the cliffs overlooking the beach a short distance away.