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Margi Sathi

Kerala Natanam artist, Kutiyattam dancer

Margi Sathi
   Biography
Margi Sathi born to Sanskrit scholar Shri. Subramanaian Embranthiri and Smt. Parvathi Antharjanam, in Cheruthuruthy (Vallathol Nagar Panchayath), Thrissur District of Kerala, Sathi joined Kerala Kalamandalam, the premier academy of Kerala to learn Kutiyattam, at the age of eleven. Margi Sathi completed her eight years stint in the Kerala Kalamandalam under Gurus Painkulam Rama Chakyar, Mani Madhava Chakyar and Ammannur Madhava Chakyar. After the diploma course she did post diploma with merit scholarship and another two year study with scholarship from the Government of India. In 1988, Sathi joined Margi, in Thiruvananthapuram. Under the initiatives of Sri. D. Appukkuttan Nair and Dr. K. Ayyappa Panikar, a programme of revitalization of Kutiyattam was started in 1990 with support from the Kendriya Sangeetha Natak Academy. Sathi specialized in Nangiarkoothu under Guru Padmasree P.K.Nambiar. She is excellent in the enactment of all the female characters in Kutiyattam. Her range of female characters in Kutiyattam is phenomenal.

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Margi Sathi
Margi Sathi
   Career
Sathi has been performing Kutiyattam and Nangiarkuthu since 1985. She has performed extensively in India and abroad. She got the rare honor of performing at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on October 2001, before specially invited assembly of more than 500 guests from all over the world to mark the UNESCO's proclamation of Kutiyattam as a World Heritage Art.

The Notable performances, festivals etc. are:
Sharad Vaibhav, Bangalore, January 2002. , All India dance Festival, Bhubaneshwar, March 2002.
Abhinayasudha, Delhi, November 2002., Swaralaya, Delhi, December 2002.
76th Annual Festival of Music and dance of the Music Academy, Chennai - Dr. V. Raghavan Shashtiabdapoorthy Endowment lecture on the Methodology of Choreography in Kutiyattam.
All India Natyakala Conference, Chennai, December 2002.
Jiwan Pani Memorial festival, New Delhi, October 2004.
Kerala Utsav of the Darpana Dance Academy, Ahmedabad of Mrinalini Sarabhai, 2007.
Gimhac Vity (Korea) International festival by UNESCO, New Delhi, 2006.
Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Festival, 2007., Darpana Cultural Festival, Ahamadabad, October 2008.
Srinagar festival, New Delhi, September 2008., Indo-Arab Cultural Festival, Abu Dhabi, March 2008.
Mudra Festival, Trivandraum, 2008., Surya Festival in Singapore, 2008.
She has been performing Kutiyattam and Nangiarkoothu in Ramayanotsav (Surya Festival) for the last 5 years.

MARGI SATHI- is one of the leading exponents of Nangiarkoothu and Kutiyattam. Kutiyattam, the 2000 year old classical Sanskrit theatre, is the stage rendering of well-known Sanskrit plays. It is recognized by UNESCO as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.” To this ancient tradition belongs the 800 year, old Nangiarkoothu, a womans solo performance of narration of stories by means of hand gestures (Mudras) and facial expressions. Sathi is excellent in the enactment of all the female characters in Kutiyattam. Her range of female characters in Kutiyattam is Phenomenal, especially the female roles in Acts I, III, and VII of Aacharyachudamani and Act II of Subhadradhonanjayam. 
She did outstanding work in Nangiarkuthu by enacting entire Srikrishnacharitham and scripting and publishing a performance manual of Sriramacharitham (1999), Kannakicharitham(2002), Sitayanam (2008) adding other dimensions to Nagiarkoothu.

Her famous choreographies are:
Krishna Stories
Krishnaleela, Kamsavadham, Poothanamoksham, Rasaleela, Gopikavastrapaharaham.

Origianal role
Swapnamkam, Sreeramacharitham, Kannakicharitham, Seethayanam.

 

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Margi Sathi presents Kutiyattam dance performance.

Sathi has been performing Kutiyattam and Nangiarkuthu since 1985. She has performed extensively in India and abroad. She got the rare honour of performing at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on October 2001, before specially invited assembly of more than 500 guests from all over the world to mark the UNESCO's proclamation of Kutiyattam as a World Heritage Art.
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