THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There is no other artiste who has the body language and facial expressions of Koodiyattam and Nangiarkoothu exponent Margi Sathi, said ace director Adoor Gopalakrishnan. The artiste was honoured in a book ‘Rangashree’. She was one of the finest exponents of the two art forms, said Adoor while releasing the biography of Margi Sathi 'Margi Sathiyude Jeevithakatha Rangashree' written by Kerala Kaumudi news editor V S Rajesh by handing over a copy to Nelliyode Vasudevan Namboodiri.
The effort of Margi Sathi, deeply studying Koodiyattam and writing 2-3 literary pieces on Nangiarkoothu, composing and then performing it, is phenomenon. Margi’s founder Appukuttan Nair bonded me with Koodiyattam. After eight years, I took a documentary on the art from. It was Sathi who enacted the main scenes in the ten hour documentary. She really amazed me. Her acting in M P Sukumaran Nair’s Drishtantham was brilliant.
I was almost in tears when I read the introduction written by news editor V S Rajesh. It was beyond expectations. One will understand his deep love and respect towards the artiste, said Adoor.
Kathakali artiste Nelliyode Vasudevan Namboodiri, Margi Sathi’s uncle, received the first copy of the book. It is god’s gesture to receive the book on her. I am happy and at the same time sad, he said.
Soorya Krishnamoorthy presided over the function. The book was introduced by writer B Murali. Press Club president R Ajit Kumar, Jai Hind TV chief editor K P Mohanan, Mathrubhumi bureau chief G Shekharan Nair, Deshabhimani political correspondent R S Babu spoke at the function. V S Rajesh delivered the vote of thanks. Kerala Kaumudi special projects editor Manju Vellayani welcomed the gathering.