Margi Sathi, one of the finest exponents of Koodiyattom and Nangiarkoothu, passed away on 1 December 2015 at the Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. She was 50. She is survived by a daughter and a son.
She was considered as the doyenne of the exotic dance form of Nangiarkoothu, an offshoot of Koodiyattam which is an ancient temple art form.
About Margi Sathi
• Born in an Embranthiri Brahmin family at Cheruthuruthy, she began to learn Koodiyattom at the age of 11 at Kerala Kalamandalam.
• Later, she was appointed at the Kerala Kalamandalam as a faculty where she continued to teach till the end.
• Sathi emerged as the leading woman artist, choreographer and teacher of the classical Koodiyattam theatre that is recognised by the UNESCO as a unique artistic heritage of entire humanity.
• Among the plays she had conceptualised are Sreeramacharitham (the story of Rama from Sita’s point of view), Sitayanam and Kannagichairtham, based on a Tamil epic.
• She was also the recipient of Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy award (2002), Kaladarpana award (2008) and Natyarathna Puraskaram (2008).