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Koodiyattom and Nangiarkoothu exponent Margi Sathi passed away on 1st Dec 2015

Margi SathiMargi Sathi, one of the finest exponents of Koodiyattom and Nangiarkoothu, died at the Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. She was 50 and is survived by a daughter and a son.

Her husband and biggest source of inspiration, N. Subramanian Potti, an edakka player, had died in a freak stage accident nearly a decade ago. Sathi, a consummate artiste who enriched the two-millennia-old Koodiyattom theatre with deeply evocative performances, broke new ground in Nangiarkoothu, its offshoot of female solo recitals, with interpretative choreographies and performance manuals.

Her radiant face and deeply affectionate manners disarmed even her professional rivals.

Sathi’s was an exceptional entry into the world of Koodiyattom — customarily performed by the Chakyar community. Born in an Embranthiri Brahmin family at Cheruthuruthy, she began to learn Koodiyattom at the age of 11 at Kerala Kalamandalam under Gurus Painkulam Rama Chakyar, Mani Madhava Chakyar, and Ammannur Madhava Chakyar.

However, as she recalled to this correspondent several years ago, it was Margi in Thiruvananthapuram, where she joined in 1988, that shaped her destiny and gave her an identity.

News Courtesy : THE HINDU

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