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    Master traditional arts like Oyilattam with DakshinaChitraa��s new certificate course

    From classes on puppetry andA� dance to workshops that revive and sustain an interest in our crafts and architecture, DakshinaChitra is always trying to keep our history alive. Its most recent initiative is a three-month certificate course in traditional Tamil folk performing arts. a�?We will be teaching Oyilattam, Devarattam and Silambattam, beautiful dance forms in themselves, but also something that people can pick up quite easily,a�? begins Lakshmi Thyagarajan, the centrea��s education coordinator.
    They had successfully conducted a similar course over three years ago. a�?The first edition was a six-month course, where we taught Thapattam, too. But this time, we are going with a shorter format as people wanted something quicker,a�? says Thyagarajan, explaining that the course is targeted at college students and adults, and participants can continue their studies even after the coursea��s completion.

    The course will be conducted by Kannan Kumar, a folk art specialist. a�?Hea��s been with DakshinaChitra for 22 years and he will take both theory and practical classes,a�? she says, adding that participants will also be given a platform to perform at DakshinaChitraa��s festival celebrations.
    While they plan to continue the course next yeara��with other performing artsa��Thyagarajan says there is also a plan to start a three to six month course in glass work, ceramic and terracotta.
    At DakshinaChitra, 11 am to 1 pm, Saturday and Sundaya��November 1 to January 31. Rs.3,500. Details: 9884217393

    a��Surya Praphulla Kumar

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