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Malabar culture to be presented musically

Posted on Nov 22, 09:00PM | UNI

The exquisite richness of traditional Islamic culture will find expression in the run-up to next month's 'Kochi-Muziris Biennale', with the city set to host a musical programme titled 'Exploring Malabar' in the heritage suburb of Mattanchery tomorrow.

More than 50 artistes from central and north Kerala would stage four art forms of varied genres, at Karippalam Maidan, at 1830 hrs on Friday, according to officials at the Kochi Biennale, which is organising the three-month new-art extravaganza starting December 12.

The Malabar Institute of Research and Development (MIRD), which was presenting the 75-minute show, said the performance would showcase Vattappattu, Duff Muttu, Arbana Muttu and Kolkkali.

'While Vattappattu would be an audio-visual experience, Duff Muttu and Arbana Muttu would feature percussion instruments supporting vocal music,' informed Mr Iqbal Koppilan, coordinator with the 2002-founded MIRD functioning from Vadakara in up-state Kozhikode district. 'Kolkali is a martial dance form, which would infuse fresh energy to the show,' he added.