Arts of Kerala Kshetram by Dr. (Mrs.) Kapila Vatsyayan 

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The Arts of Kerala Kshetram
Book Release and Panel Discussion:

The Arts of Kerala Kshetram, authored by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, encapsulates the fundamental principles of cultural constitution of Kerala in particular, and expounds a theoretical framework for the understanding of regional cultures of India, in general. It envisages the study of distinctive parts in their relationship of inter- connectedness and symbiosis with the whole. This monograph, originally delivered as the inaugural Parikshit Memorial Lecture by Dr. Vatsyayan at the Sree Rama Varma Sanskrit College, Tripunithura in August 1988, has been commended by many as remarkably rich in the variety of art forms it covers and the directions for future research it offers.

The Arts of Kerala Kshetram was first brought out in the book form by the Sanskrit College, Tripunithura in 1989. IGNCA, under the Kshetra Sampada program of the Janapada Sampada Division has now brought out the second edition with a new introduction, making it accessible to a wider readership.

The book release and the panel discussion were held at the IGNCA Lecture Hall, 11 Mansingh Road on the 21st April 2016. Panelists included Prof. Omchery N.N Pillai, Prof. K.G Paulose and Shri. Sadanand Menon. An exhibition of Images from the book was also organized on this occasion.


Book Release and Panel Discussion, The Arts of Kerala Kshetram
Brief notes on the Speakers

Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan is Founder Academic Director, IGNCA, renowned scholar on Indian Arts and Culture, an avid institution builder in the field of arts and culture, initiator of many important policy frameworks in the fields of education and cultural awareness and author of seminal works such as Classical Indian Dance in literature and the Arts, The Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts and so on. For over half a century, she has worked tirelessly to enhance the understanding and appreciation of India’s cultural heritage.

Dr. Vatsyayan has had close association with South India, especially Kerala, where she has travelled the length and breadth, often on foot, studying its art forms and visiting temples and various monuments. The present book is the outcome of this experience.

Prof. Omchery N N Pillai is well-known Malayalam playwright, novelist, poet and a teacher of mass communications and journalism, Recipient of several awards and honors; he has graciously contributed a well studied introduction to the present edition.

Prof. K.G Paulose, was the first Vice Chancellor of Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art and Culture and formerly, a fellow at the Institute of advanced study, Shimla. He is renowned scholar and author of important works such as Natankusa- A Critique of Dramaturgy and Kutiyattam Theatre; He was also the principal of Govt. Sanskrit College, Tripunithura and the editor of the first edition of The Arts of Kerala Kshetram.

Shri. Sadanand Menon is well-known arts editor, cultural journalist and keen observer and commentator on contemporary dance. He has been member of several distinguished cultural institutions and academies and presently adjunct faculty of journalism at IIT Madras.

Dr. Sreekala Sivasankaran (Project Director)
Associate Professor
Janapada sampada Division
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