Monday, March 16, 2015

DRAMA - MUDUKANA MADUVE (ಮುದುಕನ ಮದುವೆ)

A SCENE FROM THE PLAY
It was on Sunday, 15th March 2015, at 7.00pm, we went to witness a Kannada Drama "MUDUKANA MADUVE",  (Old Man's Wedding ) at Samsa open air theater at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bengaluru.
The program was organized by "Bhagavatharu", cultural organization, as "Ranga Vaividya" , state level 5-day Drama F.estival, RANGA GAURAVA....... in memory of Late U R Ananthamoorthy.
One of the play Mudukana Maduve, we witnessed was presented by Renukamba Kala Natya Sangha, Naduvalli, Soraba.  The play was  written by P.B. Dhuttaragi and directed by S R Raghupathi.
The play cetres around  an old man of 65 years, trying to marry a young woman..... The man is rich with lot of money, dialogues are witty, humorous and with punches. Another elderley poor man with two daughters. The second wife, who is rude, arrogant and makes the step daughter to do household work and looks down upon her. Her daughter, flamboyant and flashy, college going, wants everything best..... The old man's confidant and agent, makes the old man to marry a black housemaid in a humorous way....
The almost three hour play has lot of witty, sarcastic and punching dialogues, cinema music and dances, which village crowd will definitely enjoy more.
THE ARTISTS
writen on Tuesday 17th March 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

BHARATHA NATYAM - SAVITHA SASTRY

Saturday, 7th Mar. 2015..... saw the program of  dance performance of Savith Sastry at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru
It looked some different type of Bharatha Natyam performance......
It was like Dance Drama..... performed with dance, expression and narration.... of 75 minutes non-stop performance by a single dancer on stage.... that is Savitha Sastry.....
The production and presentation was titled CHAINS.. ...Love stories of Shadows....
Chains is a production that rips apart the masks we everyday people wear through our lives, exposing and exploring the real freedom of choice that our society accords to us. Following the ground-breaking successes of Savitha’s earlier productions, Chains takes a long hard look at a woman and her life. Is there room in a woman's life to do what she wants, or is her life a compromise of the expectations of her family and the society she lives in? Times have evolved, the parameters broadened, but there still exists a fence. Chains explores the dividing line between free will and compromise.
Chains' is based on writer AK Srikanth's trilogy - a story that carries with it the intensity of a tempest. It is almost impossible to emerge unaffected by his story - it is as though he has held up a mirror in front of us that forces us to see what is, rather than what we think is. When Savitha, acclaimed as the 'renaissance architect of Bharathanatyam', delivers the raging, tumultuous tale of bondage with her grace and lucidity, the effect is a visual epiphany. She brings the art alive for even an audience that is uninterested in the classical Indian dance forms. The experience is accentuated by the musical score of Rajkumar Bharathi, ebbing and flowing magnificently with the narrative. The lush soundscape with over a hundred tracks of music, that echoes every nuance of the character in the story, will leave the audience dazzled. The magical chemistry of the story and dance is also brought alive by the vibrancy of the costumes and the technology of lights. 'Chains' is an experience in art and life. One that cannot be forgotten.
The performance was First Class..... music was superb.... Vichitra's (character in Chains) elegance. grace and movements were very good.....
written Sunday, 8th March 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

BHEEMAYANA- KANNADA DRAMA

It was Sunday March 1, 2015, we all decided to go to Kannada Drama at, Ranga Shankara, J P Nagar, Benagaluru. 7.30 pm show.
We included Nalini, S V Bhat, Asha Bhat, Latha Sudhaker and Shubha Vadya Bhat.
Little bit of synopsis about the play read from the advertisement, but the actual play was something different, what we saw on the stage.
It was more of story of part of Mahabharatha, Kunthi & panch pandavas, focusing on Bheema, who is shown different from others.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Ramayana and Mahabharata are called as the cultural languages of the country. There are numerous indigenous communal and tribal versions of Ramayana and Mahabharata which represents the multifaceted culture of this country. Each version unfolds different wisdom and perception of life before us. Every commentary about Mahabharata gets us the essential commentary on the present. The play is based on the novel ‘Bheemayana’ written by the Jnanapeetha awardee, Shri. M.T. Vasudeva Nayar. This version which reconstructs Mahabharatha through the vision of Bheema tries to create a cultural awareness about the life which is attached to this soil, the way the urban politics creates dissonance, the way township with its mighty palms encompassing the forest. The play discusses about the forgetfulness of our travelled path of our life and denial cruelty of not looking back towards the past simultaneously discussing about the design of racial and communal friction. The theatrical presentation which forces us to look towards the tales of cursed children of Bharata instead of aimless rasasrishti of Bharata’s tale, tries to inculcate stylized theatrical movements as well as political movements in its design.

Rangayana presents M.T. Vasudeva Nayar’s BHEEMAYANA
Stage Adoptation By Dr. Samkutti Pattankari
Translated to Kannada By Dr. Parvathi Ital
Script, Design & Direction By Dr.Shreepad Bhat
Associate Directors : Umesh Saliyana, Ganesh M.
Stage Management : Hulugappa Kattimani
Assistance : N. Yateesh Kollegal
The play shows lot of violent and acrobatic actions, pathos, love affair between Bheema and Hidimbe, and birth of Ghatotgaja and clear and powerful dialogues from most of the actors.
The play starts with Pancha Pandavas going to Maha Prashthana, with Draupadi and finally only Bheema taking care of Draupadi and proceeding to forest, depicted as "KAADINA PUTRA"..........!!!!!!??????
written on Tuesday March3, 2015