The session ‘Udalum, chuvadum’ was held at Aksharam during the second day of Kerala Literature Festival 2019.
Shruthi Namboodiri, a multi-tasker – lyricist, script-writer and more in the film-making process the moderator for the session. She was in company of Rajashree Warrier, a prominent Bharathanatyam dancer, educator, and founder director of ‘Utharika’, a centre for performing arts.
Shruthi and Rajashree together talked about the various phases of Bharathanatyam, where Rajashree defined dance as a language. Rajashree added that, languages are formed to break the language barriers, thus, dance as language helps her to break all the shackles; the obstacles that are caused by structural changes in Bharathanatyam. Ms. Warrieralso commented that Natyam matters more for her. She also opined that Kerala, lacks infrastructural facilities when compared to its neighbouring states.
The process of selection for Kalothsavams in Kerala was a serious matter of discussion during the session. The session was concluded with a note that there is widespread racism and cast discrimination prevailing in schools across Kerala and that it is high time that we raise our voices against it.