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.
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.
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.
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: