“A research-space; a laboratory..” What Kattaikkuttu and the Kattaikkuttu Sangam means to Evelien Pullens:

13 Aug

Kattaikkuttu Sangam…… for me this is a research-space; a laboratory where a continuous exploration is happening in to the best way(s) of translating and adapting ancient knowledge to the requirements of our modern times. How can we ensure that authentic, religious, literary Kattaikkuttu plays are best understood and valued in a globalizing India? How do children from a marginalised, rural background get access to and complete a theoretical and artistic education that enables them to incorporate modern media and ancient spiritual knowledge? How can these child-ambassadors of this rural Tamil culture, translate the values of their descent into information that can be used in a non-Tamil context?
Well-grounded and well-guided cultural exchange is an important medium to achieve these goals. Mutual learning will inspire Indian and non-Indian people, as well as these young students of Kattaikkuttu.

Hanne and Rajagopal have spent their entire lives to investigate what is the essence of culture, (good) education and the arts. Their combined academic and practical knowledge and skills helps them to look at these issues from different points of view. All other people who work at the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam with passion and great involvement contribute to the overall aim. Even if it is not recorded – written down or filmed – the memories and energies of each and everyone are being preserved and handed down through collective memory to the next generation.

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