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SYNOPSIS OF MAJOR PRODUCTIONS
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TEMPEST

Shakespeare's swan song 'Tempest' is noted for its mythical and poetic qualities. The island of Prospero, which Shakespeare has invented in the play, reverberates with echoes of conspiracy, magic, spirit of adventure and romantic revelation. Prospero who initially plans to avenge for all the mishaps he had gone through, with the help of Ariel, eventually lifts himself and reaches a state of tranquility, even as the ocean blusteringly continues its errand' ………… The reverberations in the human minds are calmed down ………. The waves of the meaningless sorcerty Sobered down ......'

Playwright : William Shakespeare
Translation, Adaptation
& Direction
: Kavalam Narayana Panikkar
Language : Malayalam
Duration : 95 min

KARNABHARAM

Mahakavi Bhasa portrays in his classic work 'Karnabharam', the downfall of the mighty epic hero 'Karna', projecting the inner conflict that develops in him when he enters Kurukshethra to wage a crucial battle with the Pandavas.

A man endowed with supreme qualities made out of the best elements of nature falling for no fault of his own. When you probe into the reason you may have to land at the primordial sources of a cosmic microcosm which involved an interruption of the very elements which constitute the inner and outer being of the individual which readily has to respond to inevitable dictates that come from above. Here two major components of human nature can be located, one owning zealously and the other disowning strongly the poor man who is ultimately the victim of a universal conspiracy of the celestials.

Playwright : Mahakavi Bhasa KARNABHARAM Video Clip     
Direction : Kavalam Narayana Panikkar  
Language : Sanskrit  
Duration : 100 min  

TROJEN WOMEN

Colonization, imperialism, enslavement, bonded labour - all these words at all times carry unpleasant images - abominable connotations, whether they pertain to individuals or situations in which two countries are involved.

The story of Trojan Women is an experience, which goes to the abyss of human mind.It is an elegy of all times, wherever the self respect of human being is in danger; wherever the chastity of women is cruelly crucified. It is the same tragic sentiments that we come across in Kurukshetra, the battle field of Mahabharata or any strife-torn human situation of the past or present. Sartre felt the disaster of such invasion in his Trojan women recreated from Euripides. The play ends with a lamentation addressing the Mother Earth and expressing a desire that their suffering would ultimately get dissolved in the unfathomed depth of her eternal love.

Playwright : Jean Paul Sartre
Stage Adaptation,
Translation & Direction
: Kavalam Narayana Panikkar
Language : Malayalam
Duration : 90 min

KALLURUTTY

Kallurutty is the theatrical adaptation of a myth, which exists among the Mavilar tribe of North Kerala.Kallurutty, a girl belonging to this tribes, is a darling of the Nature. When she rolls a stone, Nature reacts in her favour and if someone tries to molest her, the reaction is turbulent.

Kallurutty encounters Ugrani, an agent of the lower cadre of the ruling hierarchy who uses her brothers, the Panchurulis for his trade of ganja. Ugrani, who fails in his attempt to molest Kallurutty seeks the help of the exorcist, Umbrassan and in the fierce strife, She dies in saving her chastity. Umbrassan also meets with his death. Both are deified.

Playwright & Direction : Kavalam Narayana Panikkar KALLURUTTY Video Clip      
Language : Malayalam  
Duration : 90 min  

PRATIMA

The statue play Pratima is the recreation of a situation from Ramayana by the great poet Bhasa. Subtle images in the text of Pratima were picked up for the production and these threads were traced throughout the script to its logical and aesthetic completion. This production is the further recreation of a part of the play . It involves a probe into the underlying relationship of the concept of the play. Dasaratha's death is conveyed by his joining the array of statues of his predecessors.

Playwright : Mahakavi Bhasa
Direction : Kavalam Narayana Panikkar
Language : Sanskrit
Duration : 90 min

ARANI

An adapted version of the Greek legend Prometheus in Malayalam, Arani signifies the discovery of fire by the character Pramada. Arani is the wood from the churning of which fire is created. Indra (Zeus in Greek) claims the ownership of the fire and appropriates the same and the real creator of the fire himself had to steel the same for the benefit of the humanity.

Adaptation & Direction : Kavalam Narayana Panikkar
Language : Malayalam
Duration : 90 min

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