‘Kurunnolakkoottam’ shows how farm tradition paved way to art
A group of Thrissur based artists known as ‘Kurunnolakkoottam’ stand out by creating wonderful craftworks using tender coconut leaves. They create objects for decorations using coconut leaves, tender coconut leaves, plantain stem, areca nut flowers, mango tree leaves, reed, bamboo and similar natural products.
The creativity of ‘Kurunnolakkoottam’ can be seen at cultural programmes, wedding ceremonies, public events and exhibitions. They are active at government programmes also as green protocol has been implemented.
‘Kurunnolakkoottam’ is a part of ‘Karinthalakkoottam’, a folk song group formed from the traditions related to paddy harvesting in the month of Makaram. ‘Karinthalakkoottam’ has been existing as a folk song group for about 25 years and now has been expanded to handicrafts as well.
Watch, parrot, spectacles, horns, top, ball, peacock, star, bird cage, stages, decorative hangings, bouquets, inauguration lamp, Ayyappan vilakku, temple, platform, portraits, hat, basket, mat, flower pots, traditional art forms like Theyyam, Padayani, Kalakali, Kuthirakali etc. are made using natural products.
The group has performed folk songs and also created handicrafts in many places in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Pune and Kolkata and foreign countries like Malaysia, Bahrain and Oman.
Kuttappan Vadama, Subrahmanian Puthenchira, Pradeep M. V., Arjunan Angamali, Bineesh Kodakara, Sanal P. Madhavan, Rajith M. S., Shijith M. S., Subhash M. V., Ramyath A. R. and Vishnu are the creative hands that make ‘Kurunnolakkoottam’ alive.