By Krishnachand K

Published: 28th September 2014 06:00 AM
Last Updated: 27th September 2014 08:15 PM

K G Paulose at work | Melton Antony
K G Paulose at work | Melton Antony

It was a bolt from the blue for K G Paulose, 68, when Ravi Deecee, the Managing Director of DC Books, a reputed book publisher in Kerala, approached him four years ago with a unique project: to bring out the 18 volumes of the Puranas in a single edition.

Initially, Paulose was unsure about taking it up, considering the magnitude of the project. Though he had robust knowledge and passion for Sanskrit, he was never obsessed with the Puranas. Later, he realised that it was a ‘divine assignment’.

The 18 Puranas extend to over 18,000 pages, with each Purana varying in size and content. This historical work in Malayalam will be four times bigger than the Mahabharata in terms of the number of verses used.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, September 26, 2013


K.G. Paulose explains why Vyangyavyakhya: The Aesthetics of Dhvani in Theatre, a book on theatre edited by him, is important to understand theatre forms of Kerala.

A Sanskrit scholar of repute, K.G. Paulose has authored 20 books and edited more than 50, over the past four decades. Comparative aesthetics, Natyasastra and Koodiyattam have been the mainstay of his research. Among them Natankusa (1993), a critique of dramaturgy, and Koodiyattom Theatre: The Earliest Living Tradition (2006) have been epoch making. Vyangyavyakhya: The Aesthetics of Dhvani in Theatre (2013), recently edited by him, is perhaps, his magnum opus, since the ninth century work in Kerala has appeared in print for the first time. More striking is the import of the book – the end-product of his assiduous efforts over two decades – which could serve as a guide to practitioners of performing arts of all genres. Essays penned by K.D. Tripathi, coordinator of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Varanasi, Radhavallabh Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sanstahn, New Delhi, N.P. Unni, former Vice-Chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kalady, and Kavalam Narayana Panicker, renowned theatre celebrity, provide a panoramic view of Indian theatre from the days of Natyasastra. The book was released recently in New Delhi.In an interview, Dr. Paulose, presently a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advance Study, Shimla, talks about the book and its place in the cultural scenario of India. Excerpts ...

K.G. Paulose. Photo: K.K. Najeeb


























Sree Rama Varma Government Sanskrit College at Tripunithura enters its centenary year. A look its rich history and the support it received from the Cochin Royal Family

The Sree Rama Varma Government Sanskrit College, Tripunithura that enters its centenary year is living testimony to the munificence of the Cochin Royal Family. Connoisseurs of art and music, most of the former rulers of the Cochin state were also profound scholars. The assemblies of Sanskrit scholars organised every year by the Maharajas were much sought after events. Scholars from far and wide, well-versed in various Sastras, took part in these assemblies where they were duly rewarded.

A visual introduction to an art form that is more than two thousand years old.


It is not unusual for an occasional stumble while trying to explain the nuances of a visual art through words. There is so much more to a classical art than words can convey.

This is perhaps why the International Centre for Koodiyattom, Thripunithura, chose to include a 60-minute DVD, `Introducing Kutiyattam' along with the coffeetable book titled `Kuttiyattom Theatre the Earliest Living Tradition.' The book and the CD, brought out by DC Books, cost Rs. 950.

Scripted and directed by K.G. Paulose, the film, through eminent artistes like Margi Madhu, Usha Nangiar, Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar, Kalamandalam Rama Chakyar and Indu G, takes a cursory glance at various aspects of this ancient art form.

ALL SPEAK about the enigmatic charm of Koodiyattom. Adding in the next breath that the golden period of the art is over. Well, almost over with masters like Ammannur Madhava Chakyar leaving the stage.

K. G. Paulose begs to differ with the aficionados of Koodiyattom from this point. ``My first postulate is that the last 20 years were the most dynamic period for Koodiyattom. During this period, the art was brought out of the temple premises and placed before the entire world.'' And that it is just the beginning.


The first Vice-Chancellor of the Kalamandalam Deemed University of Art and Culture, K.G. Paulose, talks about his plans for the institution.

At the helm: Dr. K.G. Paulose.

When K.G. Poulose took charge as Vice-Chancellor of the Kalamandalam Deemed University of Art and Culture on June 18, it was a defining moment for the institution and the academician. The premier academy came into being in 1930 thanks to the visio n of Vallathol Narayana Menon. It was his dream to transform the institution into a university on the lines of Viswabharati of Tagore. But hurdles were myriad.

KOCHI, May 4, 2013

‘After general education, Kathakali artistes are in a better position to communicate with the world, making them better ambassadors of their art.’

As someone closely associated with the formative period of three leading institutions in the State—RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, and Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University of Art and Culture—K.G. Paulose is clear about the distinctions between general education and art education.