Chavittunatakam, a typical performing art originated in the coastal belt of Kerala as a fishermen community art, is in the way of extinction. Gothuruth, a fishermen island in Ernakulam district was notorious in the past for its social evil practice of alcoholism and related issues among the bread earners of the village. But the island became famous as the cradle of Chavittunatakam, (a group action packed musical drama performance basically written on Biblical stories) because of the active involvement of the enlightened members of the civil society and with the ardent support of the local catholic church. With the emergence of many performing artists and the support that it received, the distorted social face of this village got transformed to a well accepted group bringing pride in their lives..
In order to revive this traditional performing art and to ensure the livelihood support of many a fisherman in the area, the Sports and Arts Club (SAC) backed by the local parish approached CSL seeking financial support for ‘Construction of a Permanent Stage for performing Chavittunatakam at Gothuruth.
CSL CSR Board Level Meeting on 21st July, 2014 discussed the project in detail and having found that Chavittunatakam, being one of the traditional performing art form practiced by the fishermen folk of Kerala needs to be revived with CSR support as envisaged under CSR Rules. This being a fit case for support under “revival of traditional arts and Culture’ the Board extended financial support to the tune of Rs.25.00 Lakhs.
After the agreement, SAC made all efforts to accomplish the construction work of the stage with all the latest facilities required for performing the ‘art’, under the supervision and guidance of CSL.
A unique, Shakespearian model stage for the Chavittunatakam, was ready for inauguration on 15th February, 2017. In a glittering function at Gothuruth , the inauguration of the stage was done by none other than the super Mega Star of Malayalam, Padmashree Bharat Mammooty. The function was attended by thousands of art loving people of the area along with the CSL representatives including members of different unions/organizations/federations. The General Manager (IR & Admn) gave the key note address on the occasion and highlighted various CSR initiatives of CSL. He also appreciated the efforts of SAC for their efforts to revive the traditional art. The organizers and other dignitaries appreciated CSL for its generous support for such innovative initiatives. The inaugural function was concluded with two Chavittunatakams performed by children of two selected schools.