Theatre as Cultural Cure: Malayalam Theatre and Abhinaya

 

Signifying many things: Abhija and Reghuthaman in Macbeth by Jyotish M G

Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre of Trivandrum led by D Reghuthaman the versatile actor, director and total theater person is a beacon of hope amidst the cultural darkness of elitist and nostalgic reiterations and high cultural revivalism.

Sage and sex workers: From Bhagavadajugam

They have successfully staged serious Malayalam plays not just all across the world but in small towns and villages of Kerala as well.  The recently concluded summer touring festivals all across Kerala by Abhinaya is the latest example of ethical and interventionist practice of contemporary theatre in Kerala.  Abhinaya has been disseminating the liberating culture of theatre among the people democratically and in a de-centered way for almost a decade now.

From a Malayalam adaptation of Ionesco's Lesson

I caught the action and experience at Kottayam this late summer and enjoyed their Bhagavadajugam, Padham and Macbeth during the last week of May 2011.  All the plays were directed in a visually spectacular way by Jyotish M G the ace director of the troupe.  The cast and crew included Reghuthaman, Parvathy, Abhija and a lot more youngsters… who simply rocked the stage and the mixed spectators.

Bhagavadajugam: Re-interpretation by Jyotish M G

D Reghuthaman also declared the materializing of the founding of a Theatre village near Trivandrum that focuses on a whole  way of new theatre and inclusive culture including the exploration of the therapeutic effects of drama called theatre therapy especially for the children and the challenged. Read and see more about this radical Malayalam theatre group at:

http://abhinayatheatrevillage.org/

 

Macbeth, Abhinaya Summer Theatre Fest 2011, Kottayam

Malayalam Macbeth directed by Jyotish M G

Come sealing night: Abhija as Lady Macbeth and D Reghuthaman as Macbeth

Pedagogical patriarchy: Ionesco's Lesson as Padham

Surreal and psychedelic: Inner worlds of Macbeth

Visually stimulating mind-scape: Mirror play in Macbeth

Bhagavadajugam by Jyotish M G

On power and vaulting ambition: Macbeth

Corporate Brahmanism: Abhinaya's Bhagavadajugam

On body and spirit: Bhagavadajugam

From Bhagavadajugam by Jyotish

Critique of hierarchical culture and elitism: Bhagavadajugam

Tinku in Bhagavadajugam

From Padham

From Abhinaya's summer fest 2011 at Kottayam

 

 

 

One thought on “Theatre as Cultural Cure: Malayalam Theatre and Abhinaya

  1. Sudesh M R

    രഘൂത്തമന്റെയും കൂട്ടരുടെയും നാടകങ്ങള്‍ അദ്ഭുതകരവും മനോഹരവുമാണ്. അവ മിക്കതും ഞാനും കണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്. സ്കൂള്‍ ഒഫ് ഡ്രാമയില്‍ നിന്നു പുറത്തുവന്നവര്‍ ഏതാണ്ടെല്ലാവരും സിനിമയിലേക്കോ സീരിയലിലേക്കോ കൂടുമാറിയപ്പോള്‍ രഘൂത്തമന്‍ മാത്രമാണെന്നു തോന്നുന്നു ഇപ്പോഴും നാടകത്തിന്റെ വഴിയിലുള്ളത്. സമകാലിക വിഷയങ്ങളും നാടകങ്ങളും ചെയ്യാതെ പഴയ ക്ലാസിക്കുകള്‍ (?) മാത്രം ഇവര്‍ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കുന്നതിനു പിന്നിലെ രാഷ്ട്രീയം എന്താവാം ?

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