M.R. Vishnuprasad

M.R. Vishnuprasad is a young poet and performance art researcher currently based in New Delhi. He received a fellowship from Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in the field of Folk/Traditional and Indigenous Arts in 2017. For the past twenty years he has been writing poetry in Malayalam and is credited with two anthologies. With a postgraduate in environmental sciences, Vishnu is currently pursuing his PhD in theatre and performance studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Vishnuprasad’s intervention in art is a tripartite synthesis of poetry, ecology and performance art.

Making of different Kolams for Neelamperoor Padayani 2017

Of all the Padayani celebrations throughout Kerala, Neelamperoor Padayani is also called ‘Kettu Padayani’, meaning Padayani of making kolams (effigies). Kolams are multi-dimensional figures representing animals, supernatural deities and ritual objects.During the first eight days, the kolams made are two-dimensional and for the rest of the days three-dimensional kolams are made. In addition to the compulsory kolams, subordinate kolams are also made and performed in Neelamperoor Padayani.