Esplanade Presents | Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts


Koodiyattam - Nangiarkoothu

Kapila Venu (India)
18 & 19 Nov 2017Sat & Sun
1hr (no intermission)
Esplanade Annexe Studio
This event is over


Concession for students, NSFs and seniors: $12*

Esplanade&Me Special

^White Card: 15% savings
^Black Card: 20% savings

Kalaa Utsavam Deepavali Special

15% savings for 4 or more tickets purchased before 18 Oct 2017.

*Terms & Conditions apply. Applicable on Cat 1 tickets only, excluding workshops and Garuda - King of Birds

More details +

“A master of restraint”
OPEN Magazine

With a 2,000-year history that can be traced to Kerala, India, the UNESCO-recognised art form koodiyattam is the last surviving Sanskrit theatre tradition. One of the few dance forms that fall under this ancient dance tradition is the nangiarkoothu, a solo narrative art form performed by females, known for its netrabhinaya (expressions of the eyes).

Don’t miss your chance to catch a rare showcase of nangiarkoothu, as master exponent Kapila Venu presents two arresting choreographies over two days. Catch Koormavataram: Incarnation of the Great Turtle, the story of how the giant sea creature came to be following the famous churning of the milk ocean on Saturday; and the tale of how Rama abandoned Sita in a forest, narrated by Sita herself on Sunday.

Born to famous parents who are exponents of mohiniyattam and koodiyattam, Kapila started training in the latter at the age of seven from the legendary Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar (who had also trained her father), spending her initial years under Chakyar’s senior disciple, Usha Nangiar. She then worked several years under the renowned farmer and dancer Min Tanaka in Japan. Kapila has won numerous awards and titles, including the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar and Sanskriti awards. She is currently the director of Natanakairali Research and Performing Centre for Traditional Arts, a visiting faculty member at the National School of Drama, and at Singapore’s Intercultural Theatre Institute.

Things To Note

Admission for ages 6 and above, unless otherwise stated.

Ticketing: Prices exclude ticketing agent’s booking fees. Find out more about buying tickets or read our FAQs

General Advisory

For information about late seating, house rules, photography and more, please refer to our general advisory.