Navya Nair Bharatanatyam presentation video, Chinnanchiru Kiliye elicits 8.5 lakh views on YouTube

The video presentation of Navya Nair on Bharathiyaar’s Chinnanchiru Kiliye, is a prayer and warning about the bane of child trafficking.

Bharatanatyam presentation of Navya Nair, Chinnanchiru Kiliye, based on Bharathiyaar’s poem. Photo: Sreenath Narayanan.

Malayalam Film Actor and Bharatanatyam exponent, Navya Nair‘s dance video, Chinnanchiru Kiliye (O’ Little Bird), based on the poem written by the revolutionary poet and freedom fighter, Mahakavi Subaramania Bharathi (Bharathiyaar), launched at the YouTube platform on November 15 last year had elicited views in excess of 8.5 lakh. It was in fact, viewership count is 855,123 and counting.

Performed and Directed by Navya Nair, the Bharatanatyam dance presentation video, tagged under People and Blogs category is also a corroboration of how the video was not only gone viral, but also how people take the art form of Bharatanatyam quite so serious. In fact, as many as 3,807 public comments, discussing from the sentiments of the songs to the performance of Navya is in , heartening.

How naive and sad a mother can possibly fathom, when she loses her child, the whole world would crumble. When each child is snatched away by the dark hands from the recesses of darkness, there one mother too is fading into oblivion. Through her dance video of nine minute duration, “Chinnamchiru Kiliye”, Navya effectively enacts the pang of a mother losing her child in a poignant way through amazing dance and expression, which made this album
different from others.

Chinnanchiru Kiliye, the Bharatanatyam video presentation by Navya Nair based on Bharathiyaar’s poem. Photo: Sreenath Narayanan

The emotional bonding of a mother and child has been brought out in a subtle and nuanced way by Navya. Rather than being a mere depiction of the separation, Navya has set her choreography in such a way it conveys the message atrocities against girl children such as child trafficking in a subtle manner.

Navya was excellent dancer and used to win all competitions during her studies. In the interim she got into acting and done some memorable roles in the Malayalam films including Nandanam before she married and settled down. Navya always wanted to pursue more creative and innovative things in Bharatanatyam, somehow, her hectic acting schedule did not permit her to bring out such things. Post marriage, the urge in her became more pronounced to bring out a dance album which has contemporary relevance.

Just then Navya Nair brimmed on Bharathi’s Chinnanchiru Kiliye, which touched her heart, especially after the childbirth, the bonding of a mother and child she realised first hand. Although there are umpteen number of issues that are plaguing our society including rape and other crimes on women, but what disturbed her more was the continuous crime on children, especially, child trafficking.

While she gets upset with the crime on women, at the same time any news pertaining to children started impacting more and Navya Nair firmed up her mind to give shape to her emotional feelings on these issues in the form of a story telling. When she
stumbled on Bharathiyar’s Chinnanchiru Kiliye, she knew, she had found the exact theme to blend her message of sparing the children from crimes and so she embarked on this project.

Navya’s feeling towards the children grew stronger when she became a mother and that too after relocating to Mumbai, where she saw children on all the streets and railway stations begging for alms. Although, her heart goes out and she ends up giving money to these children, when she thought the very same money is not reaching those poor little hands and a big mafia out there are creating these child beggars as part of mega begging industry. Often, these mafia syndicate abduct children from well to do families and bring them to the metropolitan city of Mumbai and force them to beg on the streets.

Navya Nair, showing her Bharatanatyam video presentation of Chinnanchiru Kiliye to the Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan. Photo: Sreenath Narayanan.

When these girl children grow up, they will eventually be sold to prostitution syndicate and finally these young girls end up their lives in red street areas of Kamatipura, while the boys who grow up to become criminals and be part of the syndicate as their henchmen.

When these unscrupulous elements abduct these children, they might get a fortune, but they are not bothered about the pangs of loss a mother faces when she loses her child. Along with that child, the balance of the entire family collapses. Navya Nair wanted to portray the pangs of a mother who loses her child and that was how she embarked on Chinnamchiru kiliye, where she enacts the role of a mother who had lost her child and how the world crumbles on her head, when she loses the child. Navya Nair, besides performing in this video, she has also directed it.

This is her debut directorial venture. Prashanth Raveendran has handled the cinematography, while the album is produced by Jimmy Reynolds. Other artistes include Choreographed by Manu Master, Vocals by Karthika Vaidyanathan, Violin performed by Midhun Babu, Veena accompaniment by Manoj, Mridangam played by Harikrishnan, Keyboard by Madhu Paul, Programming by Bineesh, Editing Vijai Sankar, Makeup Shashank, Costume Sabarinath K, Art Mukesh Murali, VFX Tony (Magmyth), Colour Grading Remesh CP (Lal Media), Additional VFX Sanchu Tom and Still Photography by Sreenath Narayanan.

At the beginning of the video itself, Navya Nair conveys the messages that every day in India, an estimated 174 children are abducted, while 80,000 children are trafficked each year and this is prayer and a wake up call, through scrolls interspersed with the titles. In a joint initiative of the Kerala Government and Social Justice Ministry, Spectrum, the dance presentation video of Navya Nair was inaugurated on November 15, at Nishagandhi Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram by the Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan in the presence of the State Minister KK Shailaja and other dignitaries.