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International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2012

// February 5th, 2012 // No Comments » // Cultural Politics

Street play "Humortal" in progress before Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, Thrissur. 4 Feb 2012

Mixed spectators at ITFoK

ITFoK 2012 is on at Sangeetha Nataka Akademi complex in Thrissur from 2012 February 1 to 8.  This fourth edition of the festival focuses on classics rather than contemporary world theatre.  It is marked for the overwhelming presence of cultural activists and theatre persons from all over Kerala and all across the world.

Gayatri singing the opening lines before Manganiar musicians 1 Feb 2012

The focus on classics may also imply a strategic avoidance and erasure of the vibrancy and dynamism of contemporary theatre.  But some of the plays in the fest like Molagapodybased on Bama’s short fiction expressed the political and polemical dramatic articulations that could speak to its time.  Usha Ganguly’s adaptation of Chandalika by Tagore is also a meaningful theatrical experience that addresses the social inequality and weight of history in Indian and Bengali contexts.

Ramankutty Nair Asan, Thripekulam Achutha Marar, M V Devan and Parasala Ponnammal lighting the lamps together. 1 Feb 2012

Whatever be the thematic content and its political signification the audiences in Thrissur are making it a true and live festival of cultural interaction and carnival.  The auditoriums are burgeoning with the enthusiasm of the spectators.  But the artistic directors and conceptual designers must rethink about the political implications and contemporary relevance in the selection.

Malavikagnimitram by Kavalam. 1-2-12

Chinese Dragon from U K

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea from Italy

Molagapody by Srijith Sundaram (Tamil)

Water Station by Sankar Venkiteswaran

Sankar Venkiteswaran’s Water Station and Deepan Sivaraman’s Peer Gyntare two exceptional plays from Kerala.  While Sankar meditatively penetrated into the subtle layers of the visual, Deepan powerfully dramatized the other and darker realms of the human mind and senses through his firebrand style and execution.

Peer Gynt by Deepan Sivaraman

Imagining O by School of Arts, University of Kent was a revolutionary production in terms of theatrical improvisation, unconventional idiom, and the kind of new experience it offered to the audience.  The young director and his crew created a parallel world of fantasy and desire with a new body culture and communication.  It also provided a feminist critique of the classics and the contemporary world.

Director and actors of Imagining O, University of Kent

 

Odesseyus Chaoticus from Israel

Anupam Kher in Kuch Bhi Ho Saktha He

Carmen Funebre from Poland

Birthday Party by Sunil S

Ode to Flight: A Poem in Photographic Images

// June 6th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Eco Watch

 

Spreading the wings of imagination: The great White-bellied Sea Eagle of north Malabar at Manjeswaram, Kasaragod, early 2011

Awesome and moving: White-bellied Sea Eagle takingoff, Bekal, Kasaragod, early 2011

Dive and fall in flight: Sea Eagle at Bekal, Kasaragod, early 2011

Agile and dashing: Osprey above Chempallikund near Ezhimala, Kannur, early 2011

As if still and hovering: Booted Eagle soaring above Chempallikund, Kannur, early 2011

Fast and dynamic: White-bellied Sea Eagle at Manjeswaram, Kasaragod, early 2011

Flight and fight: A mid-air encounter between Brahmany Kite and Sea Eagle at Manjeswaram, Kasaragod, early 2011

Incredible and sensational: The undulating flight of Eurasian Marsh Harrier above Kannur Kaipad wetland, early 2011

Massive in mid-air: W B Sea Eagle at Manjeswaram, early 2011

Flight and freedom: Survival of the sea eagle in Kerala