Geetha K Wilson

Doctoral Researcher / Lecturer

Doctoral Supervisors:
- Primary supervisor: Jun.-Prof. Dr Claire Maes
- Secondary supervisor: Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin

Geetha K Wilson joined the Department of Indology as a Doctoral Researcher in November 2022. Her area of interest is Caviṭṭunāṭakam – The Stamping Drama, a specific genre of Musical Theatre "traditionally" performed amongst specific coastal belts of central and southern Kerala. Her doctoral research is on the many tales of Kāṛaḷmān- Emperor Charlemagne, recounted in the coastal communities as a Caviṭṭunāṭakam text. 
Geetha completed her Master's in Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She has been a Sahapedia-UNESCO Research Fellow (2017), International Youth Forum Member UNESCO Beijing (2018), Media Arts Fellow (University of Changsha, China,2018) and Robert Bosch Crossing Borders Fellow (2019). Her films have been screened at many national and international film festivals. 

Curriculum Vitae


Book Chapters: 

Wilson, Geetha K. Dharma Rajan, Priyadarsanan. “Nummada Kaaralmaan (Oh, unser Karl der Große) Eine Einführung in die Darstellung Karls des Großen und seiner Paladine im Chavittunatakam von Kerala, Indien”. Geschichte im Bistum Aachen,Band 15 2019 / 2020, edited and translated by Dr Frank Pohle, Geschichtsverein für das Bistum Aachen e.V., Verlag Ph. C. W.Schmidt, Neustadt a. d. Aisch, 2021, ISSN 1616-4091, pp 145-190.

Wilson, Geetha Kaimathuruthil. “Rajah Carlomagno: el Chavittunatakam y los orígenes de las representaciones de batalla en laIndia.” La Fiesta de Moros y Christianos en el mundo Tomo II, edited and translated by Dra. Milena Cacares Valderrama, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Instituto Riva-Agüero, 2021, ISBN: 978-612-4496-06-6, 2021, pp. 305-334.

Popular Articles:

Wilson, Geetha K. “Kalayude moolyam samoohathil” (Value of Art in society; Malayalam).Jeevanaadham Weekly, Special Edition 16 July 2020, pp. 15.

Talks given:

Wilson, Geetha K. “National Webinar on Chavittu Natakam.” Probhodha Trust, Kochi, in association with Department ofSociology, St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam & Department of Malayalam, St.Xavier's College for Women, Aluva, Ernakulam, Kerala, 3 August 2021. YouTube. 14 August 2021.

Wilson, Geetha K. “Chavittunatakam: Charithravum Kaaralmaan Charithavum (The Stamping Drama: History and the Chronicle of Emperor Charlemagne). Three day National Webinar on Kollam: Saamaskaarika mudarakalude bhoopadam (Kollam: A map of cultural insignia), Folklore Padana Webinar Parampara (Folklore Studies Webinar Series). Department ofMalayalam, Fathima Mata National College (autonomous), Kollam & Kerala Folklore Academy, Kannur, Kerala, 23September 2021. YouTube. iAQ&list=LL&index=8&t=1899s

Multimedia presentation:

Wilson, Geetha K. “Folk Theatre: A comparative study of Chavittunatakam, India and Huaguxi, China”.Hunan School of Design, Hunan University, Changsha, China, 18 June 2018.


WHERE THE BLUE LOTUS BLOOMS || Documentary || 24 MINS || English, Hindi || 2015

TIME VAMPIRES || Documentary || 27 mins || English, Malayalam, Hindi, Dimasa || 2016


2019           Crossing Borders Fellow-Fall Cycle 2018, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany

Subject : “Nummada Kaaralman” (Oh, our Charlemagne) - A study on the representation of Charlemagne in Kerala, India and Aachen, Germany

2018           Member, International Youth Forum (IYF) on the conservation of Culture and Heritage along the Silk Roads 2,UNESCO Beijing, China

Subject: Conservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage along the Silk Roads

Area of focus : Vembanad, Kerala, India; Vembanad is the largest natural lake system in India which spans over three districts in the southern state of Kerala.

2018           Media Fellow, “Experience Changsha Media Arts Programme”, Government ofChangsha, Hunan, China

Subject: A comparative study on the folk theatres- Chavittunatakam, India and Huaguxi, China

2017           Sahapedia- UNESCO Research Fellow, Supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India

Subject: Multimedia module creation of the art form- Chavittunatakam- The Stamping Drama Public link: complete module carries a textual overview placing its history, a short video, audio, quick facts, bibliography, and video documentation of students' performance at the 58th State School Annual Festival 2018 (uploaded with permission).