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KERALA STATE FILM AWARDS - 2002
The film award for the 2002 was announced amidst much controversy. The last one-year was one of the demeaning years of Malayalam cinema. However, a few managed to make the best of a bad tune, with some minimal success rate in the box office.... ( Click More... )
 
We are publishing a letter on criticism about DUBAI KALAMANDALAM, for the discussion among art lovers and authorities. ( Click More...)
 
49'th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS
The prestigious Bharath Award won by Murali for his outstanding performance in " Neythukaran" and the best actress award was given jointly to Tabu and Sobana for their roles in 'Chandini Bar' and 'Mitr' - My friend. ( Click More... )
 
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RAJA RAVI VARMA PRIZE FOR M.V.DEVAN
Artist M.V.Devan, will be awarded this year's Raja Ravi Varma Prize. The Minister for Culture, G. Karthikeyan said that the award was being given considering the contribution of Devan as a Painter, sculptor, architect, art critic, writer and orator. The award instituted to honour painters and sculptors, carries Rs. 1 lakh, a citation and a statuette. The Governor, Sikhander Bhakt, will present the award to Devan at a function to be held at Vyloppalli Sanskriti Bhavan on April 29.

 

7'th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF KERALA
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Chinese film bags SUVARNA CHAKORAM
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SANGEETHA NATAKA AKADEMI AWARDS - 2001
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DIGITRANCE
is an art group, intented to promote the infinite possibilities of digital art forms, which is now a part of contemporary media revolution ( Click More...)

After more than four decades, Harsha's play '
Naganandam' was performed as koodiyattam
on 7th September at the Natyagruham, Thrissoor
. NAGANANDAM KOODIYATTAM (Click More...)

POPE PRAISES KERALA ARTISTS PAINTING OF JESUS CHRIST ADOLESCENT ( Click More...)
 
P.J.ANTONY award for Venukkuttan Nair  

 

P.K. Venukuttan Nair, renowed theatre person, has selected for the 5'th P.J. Antony award. The award consists of Rs. 25,000. citation and a statuette. The award will be given to Mr.Nair at a commemorative meeting to be convened on March 14 at Cochin, which is the 23'rd death anniversary of Antony. The theatre actor, Chathanoor Ayyappan Pillai, the play wright K.T.Muhammed, the singers KPAC Sulochana and Late C.O Anto, were recipients of this award. Mr.Nair was vice-president of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi and member of the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. He has won many awards at the state - level competitions for professional theatre.

 
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  ABUDABI "ARANGU" AWARD

" Alahayude Penmakkal " secures Abudabi Arangu Award. The Award Consist of a memento and cash prize of 25000/-
Arangu is a cultural organization under Abudabi Malayali Samajam.

The Award committee presided over by M.T. Vasudevan Nair. The Committee praised the novelty of subject and style of Sara Joseph.

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State Kathakali Puraskar

The noted Kathakali Artist Mr.Keezhpadam Sukumaran Nair , has been selected for this year's State Kathakali Puraskar.


The Award which carries Cash Prize 1 lakh, Momento and Certificate.

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'Ganacharya' award presented to Dakshinamoorthi

The noted music director, Mr. V. Dakshinamoorthi has been selected the 'Ganacharya' Award.

The noted Sanskrit scholar Dr. K.P.Narayana Pisharady presented the Award to Mr.Dakshinamoorthy. Mr. Sobhana Parameswaran Nair presides the function, the actor M.S.Tripunithura and Film Director Mr. Babu also spoke on the occassion.

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Malayalavedi Award

"Malayalavedi" an American Malayalee Cultuaral Organisation declared it's first Sahitya Patra Pravarthaka Awards.
O.V.Vijayan, Jose Panachippuram, Thomas Antony are selected for the Award, the award consist of cash prise Rs. 50001 and Momento.

     
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International Animation Film Festival

Report on the International Animation Film Festival the Masters Animation Celebration by Toonz Animation India Private Ltd at Thiruvananthapuram. ( CLICK... MORE )

 
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M.Krishnan Kutty Memorial Award

The noted Kathakali Singer Mr.Palanad Divakaran Namboothiri, has been selected for this year's
M.Krishnan Kutty Memorial gold medal.

The Award which carries a gold medal of one sovereign, will be presented to him by the chairman
of the Kerala Kalamandalam, Dr. Prabhodhachandran Nair, at a function to be held at the Thiruvambady Kalyana Mandapam on November 10. A kathakali Performance will also be held after the function.

KUDIYATTAM AS WORLD HERITAGE


The recognition of Kutiyattam, the Sanskrit theatre form of Kerala, as a remarkable example of the oral less-known art under the spotlight of global attention, and made the world citizen responsible for the protection and promotion of this art. It is as much a vindication of the perseverance and dedication of the actors of Kutiyattam who struggled to keep the art alive down the centuries in spite of heave odds,
as the untiring efforts of a few scholars and theatre aficionados who strove to keep this tradition alive through constant support and encouragement.Not only Kutiyattam,

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but 18 other artistic and cultural expression across the world, considered "endangered", have been selected from all over the world by UNESCO for proclamation as a world heritage.The oral and intangible aspect of creativity is a broad area of human activity and expression, which does not lend itself to easy definitions and categorization. Part of the collective memory of the people, it finds expression in traditional communities which have their own folklore, world view and systems of indigenous knowledge, developed through a close observation of nature and transmitted through an oral tradition. The vast, complex mosaic of diverse traditional cultures across the world are today facing the threat of subjugation to the overpowering effects of globalization,, standardization of their richness of heritage to a set of universal norms provided by the mass media, and a gradual dissipation of their distinct identities. In this context, UNESCO's intervention of recognizing remarkable forms of cultural expression as "masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity" is a positive step in protecting cultural diversity and fostering creativity in popular and traditional forms of expression. According to UNESCO's implementation Guide which set forth its statement of intent, this recognition is directed towards "the totality of tradition-based creations of a cultural community, expressed by group of individuals and recognized as reflecting the expectations of community in so far as they reflect its cultural and social identity".


 
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