Over 130 college students from throughout Kerala and different states are studying Kavyakeli by on-line lessons

Over 130 college students from throughout Kerala and different states are studying Kavyakeli by on-line lessons

Lakshmi Das recites eight strains from Kumaran Asan’s poem, ‘Chandalabhikshuki’ , beginning with ‘Innale cheythorabadham…’ and posts it as a voice be aware on a WhatsApp group comprising her college students. Within the following 4 days, they submit their renditions in the identical group. Lakshmi provides suggestions to every of them.

That is how Thiruvananthapuram-based Lakshmi has been taking Kavyakeli lessons for 30-plus college students for a month now. She is among the many 4 specialists who’re taking classes in Kavyakeli for greater than 130 college students beneath an initiative launched by Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, a cultural centre in Thiruvanathapuram beneath Government of Kerala. The initiative was launched on April 15.

Different from Aksharaslokam

Although Kavyakeli is much like Aksharaslokam as each entail recitation of Malayalam poems, there are some main variations. In Aksharaslokam, a quatrain with solely Sanskrit meters ( vrutham) are recited, whereas in Kavyakeli eight strains from a poem with Dravidian meters are chanted (see field). At an Aksharaslokam session, a participant has to recite a sloka with the primary letter of the third line of the earlier sloka. In the case of Kavyakeli, it is the primary letter of the fifth line of the earlier verse.

Kavyakeli lessons are attended by these aged 10 and above. “It is attention-grabbing to be taught new poems, that too in completely different tunes,” says Meenakshi U, 12, from Tripunithura close to Kochi.

Smrithi PK, an IT skilled, says that she has been practising Aksharaslokam from childhood and finally obtained in Kavyakeli as nicely. “I like Malayalam poetry like by no means earlier than. My pronunciation has improved. Also, I can respect rhythm and fantastic thing about verses higher now,” says Smrithi.

Each coach has not less than 30 college students in their respective WhatsApp teams. “We hope to show them not less than 52 eight-line verses over the following six months. However, the training is a endless course of. I took to Kavyakeli after I was in class six and proceed to select up new verses sometimes,” says Lakshmi, assistant professor in Malayalam at NSS College, Nirmanakara, Thiruvananthapuram, and the coordinator of the programme. The different trainers are Krishnan Kuroor, former proof reader/librarian with a Malayalam each day, Chithra Jayanthan, instructor, Paruthoor HSS, Pallippuram, Pattambi, and Sunil Kadakkal, instructor, Government HSS, Kottarakkara, Kollam.

Kavyakeli session at Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram

Kavyakeli session at Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram
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“In our group, I submit the stanzas on a Friday and college students must ship in their rendering by Tuesday. We additionally embrace particulars such because the identify of the poet and which means of the verses in the voicenote,” says Lakshmi.

The cardinal rule of Kavyakeli is that the eight strains chosen ought to convey an entire which means. “Also, from one poem itself, for instance, Vyloppilly Sreedhara Menon’s ‘Mambazham’, you’ll find 4 or 5 such sections for a Kavyakeli session. Some college students are in it for the love of poetry. We don’t go deep into the meters as a result of not all college students would be capable to comprehend them,” provides Lakshmi. She has college students from Maharashtra and Karnataka and one from the US as nicely.

Krishnan posts two poems at a time and offers the scholars virtually every week to submit their renditions. “Many of my college students are from higher main lessons and a great variety of them are extraordinarily focussed and severe about it. We plan to carry a Zoom meet as soon as a month to work together with them and get their suggestions,” he provides. All trainers keep watch over the scholars’ attendance and people who fail to submit their renditions repeatedly are faraway from the group.

Lakshmi says, “We have began with verses they’re acquainted with, resembling poet and devotee Poonthanam’s strains from ‘Njanappana’. In my class, I’ve already taught sections from P Kunhiraman Nair’s ‘Gurudakshina’, G Sankara Kurup’s ‘Perumthachan’ and ONV Kurup’s ‘Theere Cheriya Shabdangal’.”

The concept to start out Kavyakeli session was put ahead by VP Joy, Chief Secretary of Kerala, an Aksharaslokam and Kavyakeli connoisseur. Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan has been holding Aksharaslokam classes through WhatsApp since final August and he prompt that Kavyakeli must also be promoted.

The Chief Secretary, a prolific poet himself, says: “I don’t thoughts conserving apart a number of hours for Aksharaslokam and Kavyakeli classes though I’ve not been in a position to take action due to my work. When I used to be working in Delhi I used to participate in Aksharaslokam classes there.”

Literary discussion board

He has been instrumental in the formation of Aksharakeli, a discussion board to advertise Aksharaslokam and Kavyakeli. It has specialists and trainers from throughout Kerala. “They are in it not for cash or fame however due to their love for the language and poetry. So I felt that there must be a platform to encourage them. We carried out a poetry recitation competitors and plan to conduct extra programmes,” Joy provides.

Kavyakeli gained consideration in the final 5 a long time or so whereas Aksharaslokam has been round for a number of centuries now. “Aksharaslokam obtained wider acceptance as a result of we old-timers have realized a whole lot of slokas from our childhood. They have been a part of our faculty curriculum and it was a behavior for many of us to memorise them. There have been additionally people and teams who promoted Aksharaslokam classes in an enormous approach. However, through the years, slokas gave approach to trendy poems in faculty textual content books. The new technology is not that eager to be taught them,” explains Krishnan.

It was in the early 80s that Kavyakeli grew to become a contest merchandise in faculty youth festivals in Kerala. Since then, there was a rise in variety of individuals studying it. “It is true that some college students are attending the lessons conserving competitions in thoughts,” Krishnan provides.

Meters used

Among the Sanskrit meters are Sragdhara, Shardoolavikreeditham, Vasanthathilakam, Malini, Rathodhatha and Druthavilambitham. Some of the Dravidian meters are Keka, Kakali, Manjari, Kalakanji, Annanada and Nathonnatha.

There are a number of books on Kavyakeli accessible, the most recent being a e-book by Kochi-based Sarasamma Okay Nair, who has been instructing Kavyakeli for a number of years now.

“Extracurricular actions, be it artwork, music, dance or sports activities, at all times assist in persona and mental growth. Aksharaslokam and Kavykeli too are like that. Besides instilling love for Malayalam language and poetry, these literary varieties assist to enhance focus, reminiscence and pronunciation of phrases. Malayalam language is such a wealthy language and it is essential that the brand new technology realises it,” concludes Joy.

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