Location : Less than 2 km from the Thiruvananthapuram railway station.
Visiting hours : Friday evening.
Attraction : Performances of Kathakali and other art forms of Kerala
in an ethnic atmosphere. Here one can also watch Kathakali artistes
in the process of making up their face.
Margi is one of the ideal destinations for art
lovers. One can watch the performance of some of the major art forms
of Kerala like Kootiyattam, Nangyarkoothu, Chakyarkoothu, Paatakom
(all temple art forms) and Kathakali in an ethnic atmosphere.
Nangyarkoothu, Chakkiarkoothu are female and male (respectively)
versions of the satiric solo.
Margi has its activities at two places in Thiruvananthapuram, the
first at Valiyasala (Margi - Valiyasala) where Kootiyattam, Nangyarkoothu,
Chakyarkoothu and Paatakom are performed and aspiring artists trained.
The other near East Fort (Margi - Fort) which is devoted exclusively
The institution was founded in 1970 by noted theatre enthusiast
of the time the late D. Appukuttan Nair. He was also the architect
of the Koothambalam at Kalamandalam at Cheruthuruthy in Kerala and
Rukmini Arundale's dance school complex at Adayar in Chennai, the
capital of the neigbhouring state of Tamilnadu.