Bhasabharathi inherits the legacy of the continued and colourful
work of the SOPANAM INSTITUTE OF PERFORMING
ARTS AND RESEARCH, which has a standing of more than 40
years in the field of theatre and performing arts of Kerala. The
founder director of Sopanam Shri. Kavalam Narayana Panikkar in collaboration with other active members like Dr. K. Ayyappa
Panikker, famous poet, late Shri. G. Aravindan,
eminent film maker, Shri. Bharath Gopi, Shri.
Nedumudi Venu and many other enthusiasts in the field of
culture has been able to organize a series of Cultural events in
Kerala during the past, including four major international Bhasa
festivals, play productions in both Malayalam and Sanskrit, many
workshops on theatre, music and dance etc.
SOPANAM has been able to make
elaborate documentation of many folk, tribal and classical art forms
which were facing extinction. This constitutes good material for
in-depth study on the traditional culture of Kerala. In fact the
theatre productions of Sanskrit plays of Mahakavi Bhasa and Kalidasa
and other Malayalam plays have been made possible only with the
help of the documentation of these traditional materials and the
research on the same. The contribution of Sopanam to the art of
Mohiniattam and indigenous music also is of significance. It may
be noted that the achievements of two dancers of eminence in Mohiniattam
Dr. Kanak Rele, Nalanda Dance Research centre, Bombay and Smt.Bharathi
Sivaji, Kala Ambalam, New Delhi have been made possible due to their
collaboration with sopanam.
Bhasabharathi is formed with a view to further the achievements
of Sopanam on an international level. It is proposed to organize
outreach activities by conducting international theatre workshops
to teach the theories of Indian aesthetics through practice for
which further efforts in the documentation of artistic materials
and the dissemination of the same are of primary importance.