Chandrettan performs Mohiniyattam 'arangettam' at 68, proves age-related stigmas wrong


Kozhikode: Chandrettan is in his late 60s. But he could not hold back his desire to be a dancer, particularly a Mohiniyattam artiste. Without any hesitation, he started to learn Mohiniyattam at 65 and within 3 years, he staged his ‘arangettam’ (first performance).

Kakkodi-Koodathumpoil native Chandran reached Sree Kalalayam to learn the classical dance when he had to shut the tea shop which he was running. Dance master Sathyavrathan also came up with full support.

His first performance was held at Nalanda auditorium in connection with the anniversary celebrations of Chelannur Sree Kalalayam. Over 60 students also staged their performance with him.

Chandrettan, who is an exceptional cook used to sing in a regional ganamela troup for the programmes. Dance master Sathyavrathan said that Chandrettan used to visit Kalalayam alone even during the period of lockdown without dropping practice sessions. Recently, Chandrettan has started to attend yoga classes also at the Sree Kalalayam.

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