Chavittu Natakam is a blend of music, dance, acting, dialogue delivery, and rhythm and its pet themes are Christ, saints and the history of kings. It is the form of traditional musical dance drama, which symbolizes the martial tradition of Kerala Latin Christians. The actors themselves sing and act. In these art forms there is a great importance for dance and art. The play is considered a success if at the end, the stage cave into the pressure of heavy stamping. This form of play is prevalent among the Latin Christian community in the districts of Alappuzha , Ernakulam and Thrissur of Kerala. In Chavittu Nadakam there are large number of characters all in glittering medieval dress.
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Commonly believed that Fort Kochi is the birthplace nadaiam Chavittu Nadakam. Historical incidents, the life and adventure of heroes like Charlemagne ; stories of Alexander were the themes of Chavittu Nadakam in the 16th century. Views Read Edit View history.
The performers wear glittering European costumes. In Chavittu Nadakam there are large number of characters all in glittering medieval dress. Foot stamping dance, fighting and fencing are the essential part of Chavittunadakam.
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Chavittu Natakam Song
Chenda Idakka Kombu instrument Mizhavu Timila. The actors themselves sing and act.
But Karlman was the most popular and it is still being staged. Enchanting Chavttu – the monthly Newsletter September In 19th century moral themes like “Sathyapalan”;”Njanasundhari”,”Komala Chandrika”,”Anjelica”,”karlsman”were handled. They resembled the Greek and Roman attire. The artist has to move his body, face, and especially eyes to the rhythm and music and place his steps to the accompaniment of music and dialogue.
Syrians in Kerala never showed an inclination for such plays and they were mostly presented cahvittu sea shores where the Latin community lived. The bell and drum are two instruments used as background score. A stage would be set up using wooden planks.
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The actors sing their lines loudly and with exaggerated gestures stamp with great force on the wooden stage.
Explore our Mobile App section. Chavittu Natakam is a blend of music, dance, acting, dialogue delivery, and rhythm and its pet themes are Christ, saints and the history of kings. Sometimes the interior of a church is also a venue.
Such plays attained the style and form of the operas of Europe under the influence of Portuguese and European missionaries. Malabar Independent Syrian Church.
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Also the fact that Chavittu Nadakam uses language for its playback songs and dialogue, suggest that the art form is indigenous in origin. With its unique rhythm and music, the song forms part of the presentation style used to convey the story.
With the accompaniment of stomping of boots, the song takes a unique rhythm as the actors move in harmony. But there are historical evidences that Kerala had connections with the western world well before the arrival of Portuguese.
The story develops through a song. Then another play written by Vedanayakam Pillai, a native of Neyyoor was staged on the church premises. The reason behind chsvittu assumption is that Chavittu Nadakam has a significant European character in its costumes and outfits. The audio track of the month introduces you to a piece of song, which is sung in the background while performing the folk drama called Chavittu Natakam. Krupasanam based at Kalavoor is a study centre that encourages this artform.