Indian Riviera: IFFI 2012 by the Mandovi in Goa

Inox Theatre Complex: The centre of action and articulation at Panaji IFFI 2012

With Shaji Karun whose signature film was a big hit in IFFI 2012

Inox complex at night

Before the Mahavir statue in Children’s Park, Panaji, Goa

By the Mandovi in Panaji, Goa. Casino cruisers are anchored in the river day and night.

With Dr V Raghavan from Central University of Kerala, before Inox Theatre Complex, Panaji, Goa

Delegates from all over the world at iffi 2012, Goa

Mangroves, ferries and river islets in the Mandovi, Goa.

In Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Panaji. Mangroves, crabs and waders are plenty.

Lawns and garden of Kala Academy, Goa. This location is on the southern bank of Mandovi in Panaji.

A Sastha like idol in Goa Govt Museum. Such idols are locally ascribed as Yaksha. Very close to the Veera Asana of Dharma Sasthas in Kerala. Ayyappan was an Avalokiteswara Boddhisatva and these icons in the Goa museum testify this trajectory in iconography that links Kerala with Ajanta.

A conservationist family of birders from Pune in Salim Ali sanctuary, Goa.

Kannan/Kana as a Boddhisatva and little buddha on the Pipal leaf/Vatapatra Sayi in Goa Govt Museum. Boddhisatvas like Kana, Muruga, Ayyappa etc were Hinduized in the Brahmanic takeover in the middle ages.

A film buff reading the daily bulletin at Inox, Panaji, Goa

New Malayalam Cinema and Theatre:IFFK and ITFoK 2010

Theatre, painting, cinema and more: Sagara Kanyaka by Abhinaya

Malayalam film and theatre are vibrant and dynamic, show the international film and theatre festivals just held in Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur respectively in December 2010. The passing year points towards a hopeful future for our art and struggles.

Dramatic spirit of Latin America: A Chilean play, ITFoK 2010

These festivals that showcase our contemporary cultural productions, represented the live and invaluable expressions of Malayalam artistes and directors belonging to the younger generation in purticular.  Films by Shyamaprasad, Dr Biju, Vipin Vijay etc. prove that cinema is entering a serious bold hybridity of creative enquiry and political sensitivity. With Electra and Chitrasutram Malayalam cinema intervenes in culture, politics and history in a whole new way.

Of endless female desires: Parvathy in Sagara Kanyaka

In films like Vipin’s Chitrasutram our cinema delves into a queer new phase of subversive and critical exploration in both the cinematic medium and message.  The young director uses the potentials of bizarre visuals and cyber sounds to express a serious critique of the world of cinema, representation and the world of his own linguistic culture.

Reghuthaman and Parvathy in Sagara Kanyaka

The film is a radical response to cultural elitism and fascism that thrive in contemporary culture in Kerala.  It is a creative response to chauvinism and cultural hegemony that are reproduced even in cyber culture in Malayalam.  The surreal imagery and fragmented narrative attract the next generation viewers who are interested in the future of our small culture and society.

Beyond tribal and folk theatre: From an Assamese play

The plays staged at ITFoK also proved that Malayalam theatre is on par with any other threatrical culture today whether it is Chile or Japan.  Sagarakanyaka an adaptation of Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea by Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre of Trivandrum, directed by Jyotish, featuring Reghuthaman and Parvathy on the lead roles proved to be a total trans-theatrical experience, exploring the polyphonic possibilities of the visual, sound, painting, sculpture, installation, digital art, body and much much more.  The play is also vital for its powerful gender politics and voicing the feminist question.

Seductive and spectacular stage: ITFoK 2010

The play performed by tribal artistes from Assam proved to be really performative and theatrically engaging.  The plays from Latin America revealed the struggles and resistances of people in the third world against imperialisms of many kind in an exhilarating dramatic idiom of drama.  The international festivals of film and theatre organized by the government academia with public fund prove to be meaningful and productive for the large scale participation and overwhelming cultural interest of the people.

Festival of young folks: Theatre students in rythmic dance