Sharma condoles demise of Kutiyattam exponent Chakyar; says Indian dance-theater has lost an eminent performer and teacher
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 04-Sep-2015

New Delhi, September 4: Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma deeply mourned the sad demise of Guru Kidangoor Rama Chakyar, an eminent Kutiyattam exponent and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee (2004) on 2 September 2015 at Vallachira, Thrissur, Kerala.

Sharma said that in the passing away of Guru Kidangoor Rama Chakyar, the world of Indian dance-theater has lost an eminent performer and teacher of Kutiyattam.“Rama Chakyarwas particularly well known for his performances of ManthrankamKoothu in the Annamanada temple; he performed in the temple for more than six decades. He also taught Kutiyattam for a number of years at Kerala Kalamandalam”, Dr. Mahesh Sharma added.

Besides the Annamanada temple, Chakyar performed Kutiyattam in the shrines at Vellur, Thirunakkara, Kidangoor, Vaikom, Udayanapuram, Ayamkudi, Puliyannoor, Punjar, Tripunithura, and Kaduthuruthy. His work was documented by the Sanskrit University, Kalady.

About Guru Kidangoor Rama Chakyar :                       

Kidangoor Raman Chakyar aka Kuttappa Chakyar is the last in the line of the great artistes in Koodiyattam, a 2000-year-old classical performing art.

A living legend, Chakyar has already seen 88 summers; his memories and vision are getting blurred. But, his heart is still full of Koothu Ambalam (stage where Koodiyattam is performed) and the beats of Mizhavu. Kuttappa Chakyar has reached this position of pre-eminence in Koodiyattam after surviving decades of unspeakable hardships.

Born in 1927 in Kottayam, Kerala, Shri Kidangoor Rama Chakyar was trained in Kutiyattam under his father, Painkulam Narayana Chakyar and Kidangoor Narayana Chakyar. In addition to the prabandhas for Koothu and Kutiyattam as they are usually performed, he also studied Anguliankam, Mattavilasam and Manthrankam in Sanskrit in the Gurukula system.

For his outstanding work as a teacher and performer, Rama Chakyar was honoured by Kerala Kalamandalam, the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.