Karnatic Kattaikkuttu
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Karnatic Kattaikkuttu

This is probably the first time that Karnatic music and Kattaikkuttu will meet on equal terms to explore what they share, where they differ, and how they “speak” with each other. The coming together of two artistic minds – a Karnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna and Kattaikkuttu actor, director and playwright Perungattur P. Rajagopal – has resulted in an exuberant collaborative performance. In an exhilarating exchange of repertoire elements from both forms, Karnatic and Kattaikkuttu performers present excerpts from the all-night plays, Disrobing of Draupadi and The Eighteenth Day. Karnatic music and Kattaikkuttu theatre intertwine in the performance, reinforcing and commenting upon and transforming each other. Sangeetha Sivakumar renders the lyrics to introduce the character of Draupadi, while Kattaikkuttu actress S. Tamilarasi embodies the epic heroine during the infamous disrobing scene. In a composition by Perumal Murugan especially written for the programme, T.M. Krishna reflects on the position of women in society after Draupadi has been dragged by the hair into the assembly. He responds (as Krishna) to the angry accusation of Duryodhana, performed by P. Rajagopal, that he has been pivotal in drawing the Kauravas into a devastating war that has witnessed the annihilation of all their forces. Kattaikkuttu actor singers Doraisamy, Srimathy and Bharati perform a brief excerpt from Bhaja Govindam commenting on Duryodhana’s inability to let go of his desire for power and wealth, even in the face of defeat.

Karnatic Kattaikuttu was produced and originally presented by First Edition Arts at St Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai in December 2017 as part of their annual Karnatic Modern II festival.

Inquiries: info@serendipityartsfestival.com

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Karnatic Kattaikkuttu
Jan
13
6:30 PM18:30

Karnatic Kattaikkuttu

Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018, Kochi, Kerala

Featuring Kattaikkuttu actors S. Tamilarasi (Draupadi) and R. Devan (Dusasana) in The Disrobing of Draupadi, P. Rajagopal as Duryodhana on the final day of the war (or The Eighteenth Day), T.M. Krishna, Sangeetha Sivakumar accompanied by two full Kattaikkuttu and Karnatic musical ensembles.

The time of the performance will be announced later.

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Karnatic Kattaikkuttu
Jan
18
6:30 PM18:30

Karnatic Kattaikkuttu

Rangashankara Theatre, Bangalore

Featuring Kattaikkuttu actors S. Tamilarasi (Draupadi) and R. Devan (Dusasana) in The Disrobing of Draupadi, P. Rajagopal as Duryodhana on the final day of the war (or The Eighteenth Day), T.M. Krishna, Sangeetha Sivakumar accompanied by two full Kattaikkuttu and Karnatic musical ensembles.

The time of the performance will be announced later.

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Karnatic Kattaikkuttu
Jan
19
6:30 PM18:30

Karnatic Kattaikkuttu

  • CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA (Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) (map)
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CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA (Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), Mumbai

Featuring Kattaikkuttu actors S. Tamilarasi (Draupadi) and R. Devan (Dusasana) in The Disrobing of Draupadi, P. Rajagopal as Duryodhana on the final day of the war (or The Eighteenth Day), T.M. Krishna, Sangeetha Sivakumar accompanied by two full Kattaikkuttu and Karnatic musical ensembles.

The time of the performance will be announced later.

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Abhimanyu
Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

Abhimanyu

The Kattaikkuttu Young Professionals Company will perform Abhimanyu on the invitation of the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram.

Abhimanyu is a traditional all-night Kattaikkuttu play that dramatizes the single-handed fight of Arjuna’s 16-year old son Abhimanyu against a group of seasoned Kaurava warriors.

P. Rajagopal’s adaptation of the play is a strong anti-war message that features the adoloscent Abhimanyu caught in a net of futile violence and injustice.

With Kattaikkuttu actress S. Tamilarasi in the role of Abhimanyu and an introduction by Dr. Hanne M. de Bruin-Rajagopal.

 

Inquiries: 044 2493 7471

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Abhimanyu
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Abhimanyu

  • Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram Auditorium (map)
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The Kattaikkuttu Young Professionals Company will perform the last scene of Abhimanyu on the invitation of Kalpvriksh Montessori Community School.

Abhimanyu is a traditional all-night Kattaikkuttu play that dramatizes the single-handed fight of Arjuna’s 16-year old son Abhimanyu against a group of seasoned Kaurava warriors.

P. Rajagopal’s adaptation of the play is a strong anti-war message that features the adoloscent Abhimanyu caught in a net of futile violence and injustice.

With Kattaikkuttu actress S. Tamilarasi in the role of Abhimanyu and an introduction by Dr. Hanne M. de Bruin-Rajagopal.

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Karna's Eyes
Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Karna's Eyes

On the occasion of World’s Children’s Day the Kattaikkuttu Sangam launches a world-wide fund raising campaign under the name Karna’s Eyes. The purpose of the campaign is to raise funds to safeguard the future of the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam and its talented rural children and young people.

For further information, please read the information on the Home Page or contact karnaseyes@gmail.com.

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