In June 2001 Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research
, Pondicherry, commissioned mizhavu maker Mr. Subramanium of Irinjalakuda, to construct a five- faced mizhavu. This was done after the entire Adishakti team visited the Thyagaraja Temple at Thiruvaroor, Tamil Nadu, along with Mr. Subramanium, to investigate and research the panch mukha vadiyam,
an instrument, which some sources say has genealogical connections with the Koodiyattam mizhavu .
This thousand year old instrument, the only original one of its kind in existence and an instrument intimately linked to the ritual performance-aesthetic of temple dancers, is still used in this temple albeit now only for ritual purposes.
Sri Ramanujam of Tanjavur University, organized for Adishakti to view and study the instrument at the Temple, to interact with the performer of the instrument, Mr. Selvaraj, and to also have an interface with Tillakkamma, a 76 year old former devadasi whose maternal line has long been linked with the Thiruvaroor temple. Tillakkamma's inputs provided Adishakti with the aesthetic context within which this instrument must have been used in the past at Thiruvaroor.
Adishakti unveiled the first proto type of the five- faced mizhavu on the 3.10.2001 at the Sangeeth Natak Akademi, Natya Griha, Trichur at 5 pm in the course of a demonstration of some of Adishakti's performances.
Adishakti had chosen to unveil this instrument in Kerala because of the ramifications it could have in the practice of Koodiyattam performance.