A theater activist and former producer of a popular Malayalam television channel promotes organic farming and the rich culture associated with it through theater. He plays a supernatural being named “Kadampan Moothan” with the aim of inspiring farmers.
Sudheer named its mission “Organic Theater”. Speaking to IANS on how he started such a project, Sudheer said, âWe eat food, but never bother to produce what we eat, and then we complain that the food we eat. we eat either crammed with pesticides. Nothing productive will come of it, and I wanted to change that and promote the concept of organic farming among people, especially young people, and formed Wide Inspiration, Wide Aspiration (WIWA). “
He said the idea of ââorganic theater is redefining the tradition and folk culture that was part of Kerala culture but is now forgotten.
While researching indigenous and organic agriculture practiced by several communities, he discovered âKadampan Moothanâ. According to villagers and farmers, Kadampan Moothan was a supernatural entity whose role was to protect farmers, inspire them in times of hardship and setback, and encourage and persist farmers not to burn out in desperation. .
This inspired Sudheer, who created a character with the same name! This character travels from village to village to promote organic farming with his beautiful songs and makes farmers aware of their talents and their will.
Kadampan Moothan performs songs about the never say die attitude of the farmer who does everything to start farming on land submerged in flooding. He also sings about the hard work involved in growing a crop and the determination of a farmer, “he said.
To popularize organic theater, “Kadampan Moothan” is dressed in an interesting costume made of natural products, a mask and a straw hat. It has now become the mascot.
Sudheer has knocked on several doors to promote organic farming using Organic Theater, but the initial results have been disappointing. He has been relentless in his efforts to promote this project since 2013. He received support from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in 2014. Accompanied by a team from his WIWA, he took on 2 hectares of land in Vellarada, on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, and inspired people to embrace organic farming and promote the culture associated with farming.
Organic theater and agriculture are now synonymous with Sudheer. He is currently traveling to various parts of the state to take courses in organic farming and the rich culture associated with their homeland.
Kadampan Moothan has become popular among the residents of the state, thanks to Sudheer’s hard work and drive. Its main focus is on the folklore, the culture of the region and how this influences the culture of cultures.
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