Show : NAGAMANDALA
Artist : Meenakshi - Actor / Production Coordinator / Translator, Kannan A - Actor, Sunish Kumar S - Actor, Charu Narayanan - Actor / Artistic Director / Props, Praveen R B - Actor / Stage Manager, Gyby Nair - Actor / Set Designer / Graphic Artist, Alex Wilson - Actor / Team Manager, Philomina - Actor, Tony K S - Actor, Anandhu - Actor / Instrumentalist (Chenda), Sreekanth - Light Designer, Ajan - Music Director, Remya Rajan - Costume Designer, Neeraja Ramanath - Asst. Costume Designer, Manosh - Set Construction, Dhruvakumar - Sound Operator / Media Coordinator, Charu & Gyby - Mask Design & Implementation, Kiran - Play translater / PRO

Date:30TH NOVEMBER 2014
Time: 7 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue : JT Performing Arts Center, Choice School Campus, Tripunithura
City : Kochi Age Limit: All ages

Synopsis

Woven from two Indian folk tales, Girish Karnad's play is filled with magic, mysticism, and dream. A cursed playwright must stay awake all night in the temple, and as he attempts to do so he meets the spirit of a Story who slipped out of a old woman's mouth as she snored. The "Story" is that of a young bride, named Rani, who is neglected and abused by her indifferent husband. She attempts to win his affection with a love potion, but ends up accidentally enchanting a King Cobra who begins to visit her every night while her husband is away. Our production approach makes extensive use of masks as a means of emphasizing the dream-like form and feel of this play. The masks heighten the intensity and theatricality inherent Karnad's fascinating folktale drama, plus they help us tap into Rani's hidden fantasy life, letting us better understand how Rani feels about the harsh reality around her, and how she learns to use fantasy as a means of healing herself. Masks are all about making a transformation, and they have the advantage of encouraging actors to make a total emotional and physical commitment, requiring them to tap into profound physical, vocal, and psychological transformations.

Our yin-yang inspired set design emphasizes a play of complementary opposites, such as male / female, night/day, earth / sky, and good / evil.In our play, yin is associated with the wife, and yang with the husband, but fundamental to the yin-yang symbol is that each side has a dot of the opposite color which suggests that everything contains the seed of its opposite. Yin and yang are therefore, not total opposites; they are relative to each other and it's possible for one side to turn into the other. Fundamental to the yin yang symbol is the idea of balance and harmony. Does Rani eventually find a harmony with her husband? - You decide.

Girish Karnad - The author of Naga-Mandala, a world renowned Indian writer. He is also a Director, Actor & poet. Girish Karnad was Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Naga-Mandala was written while he was a visiting professor and Fulbright scholar-inResidence at the University of Chicago. He has received the Sahitya Academy, Jnanpith & Padma Bhushan awards


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