Curtain comes down on Nishagandhi Festival 2013
 Mallika Sarabhai receiving maiden 'Nishagandhi Puraskaram' on behalf of her mother Mrinalini Sarabhai from Hon. Chief minister Oommen Chandy

The curtain came down on another unforgettable Nishagandhi festival with a splendid display of dance & music on the final day. Icing on the cake was that the event also witnessed the first Nishagandhi award. The official closing ceremony was dropped off owing to the house boat tragedy @ Punnamada.Kerala Chief Minister Sri. Oommen Chandy presented the maiden 'Nishagandhi award' instituted by Kerala Tourism for excellence in classical dance. The recipient of the award Mrinalini sarabhai could not make it to the function because of health issues. Mrinalini's daughter Mallika Sarabhai received the award on her mother's behalf. 

Kuchipudi by Manju Warrier at nishagandhi Festival 2013

Kuchipudi by Manju warrier was a crowd puller. Mallika presented the memento to Manju Warrier after the performance. Manju said to the media that she has not yet decided anything about her way back to movies/acting but will definitively continue with the dance performance.

Manju Warrier is receiving memento from Mallika Sarabhai

Padmashree Penaz Masani performed Ghazal on the final day of the fest. It went down well with the audience too. 

Ghazal by Padmashree Penaz Masani

Photos by | Amal Raj
Kuchipudi by Manju Warrier @ Nishagandhi Festival 2013.

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36-hour musical tribute to Indian cinema 

 A musical marathon concert by classical singer Pandit Ramesh Narayan

Internationally acclaimed Pandit Ramesh Narayan, doyen of Hindustani classical vocalist, broke his own record with his 36-hour long marathon vocal recital of Hindustani music at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Sunday in Pune. He had established a record singing feat by rendering 30-hour vocal recital of Hindustani music in 1994 in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

“I feel greatly humbled that I was able to dedicate this 36-hour non-stop vocal recital of Hindustani classical music to paramgurus and legends of music, art, literature, science and social reforms of the world who have transformed society,” Pandit Narayan told Financial Chronicle soon after the event. Even at the end of mesmerising hundreds of artists and music aficionados for two days, the distinguished vocalist looked fresh and energetic. “Music does not tire me but as you can see, it refreshes me,” he beamed. He said music is understood by all irrespective of race, creed, colour and language and is a great uniting force all over the world. “Therefore, music attracts one and all, wherever it is performed,” Pandit Narayan said.

The 53-year-old singer said the marathon vocal recital supported by 36 renowned musicians and singers from all over the country was rendered in accordance with the samayachakra of ragas, as an act embodying the spirit and essence of Hindustani classical music.

Pandit Narayan, disciple of internationally renowned Pandit Jasraj, began singing sharp at 5 am on Saturday as he was cheered with artists and music connoisseurs who had gathered in large numbers. He rendered melodious, soul-stirring performance according to the time theory of Hindustani classical music for the next 24 hours. And the remaining 12 hours were dedicated to other ragas, bhajans, ghazals and other devotional songs.

Pandit Narayan, who had already mesmerised music connoisseurs and artists by his marathon singing for 30 hours, 19 years ago in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, never thought of breaking his own record. “Last year, my guruji Pandit Jasrajiji had asked me if I could sing for 24 hours. Since I had sang for 30 hours, I told guruji that I will sing for 36 hours,” Pandit Narayan said. Thus, Sangeet Samarpan 2013, a 36-hour continuous vocal recital of Hindustani classical music was conceived and presented at FTII as part of 100 years of Indian cinema.

“The record created by my disciple Pandit Narayan is worthy to be noted by Guinness Book of World Records,” Pandit Jasraj, 83, who was impressed with the performance, told Financial Chronicle. Nobody had achieved this commendable feat, he said. “But we did not contact Guinness Book of World Records as Pandit Narayan did not want it as he firmly told us that he was not singing for breaking any record,” Ramdas Narayan, the vocalist’s elder brother, said.

“I sang for peace. Peace for myself and to bring peace to others. Music heals and music is heaven,” Pandit Narayan said. He said there are four types of music performed today by artists all over the country such as artharthey (for money) sangeet, kamarthey (for desire) sangeet, bhawarthey (for emotions) sangeet and moksharthey (for self-actualisation) sangeet. “Mine is moksharthey sangeet, that is to uplift the soul and connect one’s atma to paramatma and to be lost in bliss,” Pandit Narayan said. “There is nothing greaten in this world than music. And music is my breath, my being and my living,” the distinguished vocalist, who has enthralled the audience from US to Canada to Germany to Japan, said.

“I was lost in his melodious heavenly ragas since the past two days,” Neelima Atre, 70, said. “Music is indeed Parameshwar, which wiped away all my sorrows. I was truly drowned in bliss and mind you, it is not psychological,” the woman said, beaming with joy.

D J Narayan, FTII director said the film and television students had a great exposure to the festival of Hindustani classical music as many of the Bollywood cinemas are based on Hindustani classical music.

“I got pumped up with more energy and inspiration,” Pandit Aditya Narayan Banerjee from Kolkata, who played table for 12 hours at this marathon singing, said. Pandit Banerjee has accompanied Pandit Narayan for his 15 musical concerts in India and abroad. Koustav Sarkar, Bengali music director, who played harmonium for 10 hours, said timed simply stopped whenever he was accompanying Pandit Narayan on stage. 

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Manju Warrier all set to hog the limelight on Jan 26th at Nishagandhi

Manju Warrier performing Kuchipudi at Guruvayoor. Photo courtesy | Basheer Pattambi

The popular Malayalam actress Manju Warrier who was in oblivion for quite a long time made a comeback to the dancing world last October where she performed in Guruvayur. She is all set to hog the limelight on Jan 26th at Nishagandhi. This year's Nishagandhi festival will have proper culmination with Manju Warrier performing on the final day. It seems we could see her in many such stages going forward. This is the biggest stage for her since her comeback. Since a popular heroine is performing after a hiatus the event is sure to garner a lot of media attention too. The stage is set to witness the Kuchipudi performance by Manju Warrier on Jan 26th @ 6 pm. 

Kozhikode emerge victors at 53rd Kerala State School Art Festival 

Kozhikode Team with Gold cup

Kozhikode reiterated the fact that it never felt the dearth of artists at school level. Having put up a consistent show in all the State School Art Festivals held ever since it was instituted, this time too it raised the bar by being the victors at 53rd State School Art Festival grabbing 912 points from 232 events.  This is the 7thconsecutive time Kozhikode emerged as the winners, overall its their 14th time.  Thrissur came second with 900 points. The host Malappuram attained the third place with 881 points and it was a special add on for them being the host team. The golden cup (actual one made of 117.5 Sovereign gold) model was presented to Kozhikode team by Kerala Education Minister  P K Abdurab.  Unfortunately the cup was broken into two pieces because of the rush among the crowd.
Director of Public Instructions A. Shajahan read out a message by Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, who couldn’t make it to inaugurate the finale as agreed. Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhi Ali released a souvenir. Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayats M.K. Muneer gave away trophies to schools which topped in the festival. The Chief Chef of the festival Pazhayidam Mohanan Namboodiri was facilitated at the function.

Durga Higher Secondary School, Kanhangad, secured maximum points (123) in higher secondary category. BSSGHS, Alathur, Palakkad, topped in the high school category. When Malappuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode, and Thrissur shared the first prize in the Arabic Art Festival (95 points), Kannur got the second prize (93 points). GHSS, Thalapuzha, Wayanad, topped in the Arabic fest. In the Sanskrit Art Festival, Palakkad and Kannur shared the first prize by scoring 95 points. Thrissur, Kasaragod, Malappuram, and Kottayam shared the second place with 93 points. Durga HSS, Kanhangad, topped in the Sanskrit festival.

Undoubtedly this time around the fest was successful in garnering maximum media attention for the positive things. The event ended on a high note with a lot of expectations for the next year’s fest to be held at Palakkad.  

The Cultural Gala Nishagandhi Festival 2013 opens in style

  Article by | Jeeth Yesudas
Nishagandhi Festival 2013 started off in great style on a promising note here at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium, Kanakakunnu Palace. Popular actor Suresh Gopi was the Chief Guest. Shri.K. Muraleedharan MLA presided over the function. Shri A.P.Anilkumar (Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Backward Classes and Tourism) inaugurated the Fest by lighting the lamp. In his inaugural address honorable Minister stressed the importance of the expansion plans of the festival of making it more appealing with an Indian touch. The announcement of introducing Nishagandhi awards for the artists in classical dance & music field was well received by the audience.

Dr. Omanakutty, Mayor, Adv. K. Chandrika, Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, Tourism secretary Suman Billa and Tourism Director Smt. Rani George were present at the dais and spoke about the importance of this fest during their addressing. Chief Guest Suresh Gopi was silent because of some voice therapy and conveyed his message through a written note which the anchor Thara Kalyan read out to the audience. The ambience was terrific at Kanakakunnu palace premises as it was the inaugural day of 7 days music & dance night. Nishagandhi Kathakali festival also started today. It seemed Thiruvananthapuram is more likely to be called as the cultural capital of Kerala.

The cultural gala started off with the specially choreographed show led by Jayaprabha Menon (Mohiniyattam), Malti Shyam (Kathak), Kavita Dwibedi (Odissi/Odishi), Priya Venkataraman (Bharatanatyam) & Bimbavati Devi (Manipuri.). It was a unique experience as it proved to be an unprecedented audio-visual treat for many. Rarely one would witness such eminent dancers performing together, so it formed a perfect blend of music, dance, costume & traditions of different forms which elated each art form to a supreme level.

Following the initial combination sequence with five leading members, was the display of each art form in its true form where the popular dancers lead their respective teams. The five dance forms represented a cultural expression in different styles.  Towards the later part the five dancers shared the stage displaying an elegant pattern of the dance combo. The show had a perfect culmination when around 20 dancers joined together to conclude this unique dance performance.

Mohiniyattam by Parvathy (Aswathy Jayaram) was another highlight of the star studded event. She was making a comeback under the guidance of Padmashri Kalamandalam Kshemavathy teacher. The performance started with the dancer stepping the tune of Navarathri Keerthanam and the next segment was the portrayal of different facets of Goddess in the form of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Durga. The portrayal was related to Kannagi’s story. Considering her comeback after a gap of fifteen years and since it’s the re-entrant phase to the dance world, her efforts are appreciable. She portrayed the various expressions of Goddess to near perfection.

Kathak performance by Vikram Iyengar & Renon India team (Kolkata) was the final event of the opening day. Renon India was formed in order to provide access to classical dance by the global audience in a modern way. The Kathak performances provided a vivid style of dance expression as it went through the various segments Gindhi, Lepak (Persian: Bravo), Trivert and Abhinaya. The portion where it had the background score of Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo the famous Ghazal song written by Fayyaz Hashmi was the most enchanting. The last segment was 'Shoonya Se' which was inspired by the five elements in Indian thought namely Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Void. 

All present there were spell bound with the splendid performances on Day 1. It is sure to make the art lovers expect more in coming days

Article by | Jeeth Yesudas
Photos by | Amal Raj V R

Nishagandhi Festival 2013 to begin on January 20

Nishagandhi Festival 2013

Nishagandhi Festival is one of the most prestigious cultural fests held in the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvanathapuram . It provides a wide platform for the Indian artists to showcase their art forms in its true colour with the proper blend of tradition & culture. It’s conducted as an annual fest held consistently during the month of January. It is held at Kanakkakunnu Palace premises where the events are staged at the Nishagandhi Open Air Theatre.

Many popular artists consider this platform as one of its kind owing to the exposure provided to the public during such a vibrant event conducted in its full glory. True art lovers will get an opportunity to experience the dance performances of artists who have excelled in Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi , modern ballet and other folk forms. It’s organized by the able guidance of KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation). During the fest, another events runs in parallel to showcase the traditional handicrafts of Kerala, highlight the traditional food items and also some musical experiments. Overall the event provides an insight to the traditional scenery of India. It could be viewed as a elate conglomeration of the popular classical art forms.

Nishagandhi Festival 2013 will start from Jan 20 @ Nishagandhi Auditorium and below are the few attractions of this year’s event.  

‘Naman’ Specially Choreographed Show by Jayaprabha and Group

At the Nishagandhi Festival, Jayaprabha and Group will present Naman, a unique blend of five classical dance forms. It explores panchabhuta, the five elements, and culmintes with Shivapanchakshara. Using different styles of dances and different rhythmic patterns, the presentation tries to weave a rich tapestry of music, rhythm and movement. The inherent strength of each dance form is used to creatively explore the inner world and inherent vibrations of Shivapanchakshara - Namashivaya.

Jayaprabha Menon Known for her novel presentations and excellent abhinaya, Jayaprabha's performances, though rooted in tradition are contemporary in theme. A recipient of Nritasree and Sringaramani Award, she is the Director of International Academy of Mohiniyattam, New Delhi.

Mohiniyattam by Jayaprabha Menon. Photography | Ratheesh Sundaram

Mohiniyattam by Aswathy Jayaram

Aswathy Jayaram popularly known as Parvathy, actress turned classical dancer once again hits the stage after her long break since she stopped acting. She started her journey into the vibrant world of dance right from the tender age of six. Aswathy's main inspiration was her mother Padma Ramachandran who was a disciple of late Sri Guru Gopinath and late Dandayudhapanu Pillai. She participated in several youth festivals under the guidance of Guru Ennakkadu Narayanankutty, a direct disciple of Kalamandalam Kalyanikuttiyamma and won innumerous accolades for her mind-blowing performance and this paved the way to her entry into Malayalam film Industry. She was a popular heroine with the credit of more than eighty films and by several awards till she tied the knot with the well renowned actor Jayaram. After a long break of fourteen years she once again embraced her only passion-Mohoniyattam. She immediately grabbed the Kshemavathi in the year 2008, her learning experience under her teacher gave her the confidence to once again start performing. In the following years she gave performance in prestigious stages and well known temples, she wishes to continue dancing survived by her husband Jayaram and her sin Kalidas and daughter Malavika.

Mohiniyattam by Aswathy Jayaram

Kathak by Vikram Iyengar & Group

Vikram Iyengar Co-founder and Artistic Director of Ranan is a dancer, choreographer, theatre director and performing arts researcher/writer based in Kolkata, India. A top grade solo artist with Doordarshan with performances across India and abroad, he is an INLAKS scholar with an MA in Performing Arts from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is currently co-editor of the India Theatre Forum performance e-journal, e-Rang.

Ranan Performance Collective grew out of a need to demystify Indian classical dance and make it accessible and enjoyable for larger audiences. At the Nishagandhi, Ranan will present excerpts from three very different dance productions - Vaichitra, Rangeeniyan and Shunya Se. Together, the evening will span the range and richness of Kathak showcasing pure dance, abhinaya and experimental choreography. 

Kathak by Vikram Iyengar. Photography | Sapratibha

Heartbeat (Percussion ensemble) by Dr. 'Ghatam' Karthick. S

Dr. 'Ghatam' Karthick. S is a disciple of maestros Vikku Vinayakram and Subash Chandran, Dr. Karthick is one of India's topmost percussionists. Also one of the most in-demand percussionists in the Indian film industry, he records extensively with India's top film composers like Ilayaraja, A.R.Rahman and Harris Jayaraj. An M.A, M.Phil and PhD in Sanskrit, with an M.A. in Indian Music from the University of Madras, Dr. Karthick is one of the esteemed faculty for Indian Studies at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, an institution of contemporary music involving Jazz, Rock, Classical and World Music.

At the Nishagandhi, Dr. Karthick will lead his music emsemble, Heartbeat that blends Popular, Carnatic, Jazz and Folk Music. With a galaxy of musical instruments, the concert will showcase varied styles to create a medley of heavenly music. Accompanying him on the show will be artistes who have collaborated and performed all around over the world in many reputed fusion music festivals and cultural.

Dr. 'Ghatam' Karthick. Photo Courtesy | YACM

Mohiniyattam by Smitha Rajan

One of India's best and internationally acclaimed Mohiniyattam performers, Smitha Rajan is a strict traditionalist in her style, well known for the structural integrity and spiritual intensity she brings to the stage. Granddaughter of one of India's finest classical dance performers, Padmasree Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Mohiniyattam legend, Guru Kalamandalam Kalyanikuttiamma, Smitha holds the unique distinction of being trained by them. Well versed in Kathakali and Bharatanatyam, she actively performs all over the world in both Mohiniyattam and Kathakali. A member of numerous cultural organizations, she is also associated with many television networks in India and abroad. Smitha currently resides with her family in St Louis, USA and is the artistic director of Nrithyakshetra, St. Louis Chapter.

Mohiniyattam by Smitha Rajan. Photo Courtesy | R. Ravindran (The Hindu)

Kuchipudi by Amrita Lahiri

Amrita Lahiri started her training in Kuchipudi at Washington DC under Anuradha Nehru, a senior disciple of Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. Later, she learnt Bharatanatyam from Leela Samson in New Delhi. She also studied under Swapnasundari and Seetha Nagajothy. Since 2006, she has been learning from Kishore Mosalikanti in Chennai. The influences of these eminent gurus are reflected in Amrita's performances around India and abroad. She is today based in Mumbai where she teaches and performs Kuchipudi. She also writes on dance and has worked professionally in arts management at prestigious institutions like the Kennedy Centre, Kalakshetra, and most recently, at the National Centre for Performing Arts as the Head of the Dance Department.

Kuchipudi by Amrita Lahiri. Photo Courtesy | The Hindu

Odissi by Sharmila Biswas

A leading dancer and choreographer in the Odissi classical dance form, Sharmila is a senior disciple of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Noted for the originality in her composition, technique and stage design, Sharmila's versatility ranges from classical Odissi dance to experimental choreographic work. Honoured with the Uday Shankar Award and the prestigious Mahari Award, she has also received the Junior and subsequently the Senior Fellowship Award from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi. Sharmila is graded as an 'outstanding' artist by Doordarshan and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Govt. of India. Sharmila is the Founder Chairperson of the Odissi Vision & Movement Centre - an institution created for the promotion of Indian Dance & Music through research, training and performances.

Odissi by Sharmila Biswas. Photo Courtesy | shyamhari chakra (The Hindu)

Bharatanatyam by Urmila Sathyanarayanan

One of India's finest Bharatanatyam dancers, Urmila Sathyanarayanan has won critical acclaim for her crisp and precise footwork as well as the spontaneity and vivaciousness of her facial expressions. Blessed with a captivating stage presence, Urmila's strength lies in her ability to create vivid and aesthetic images through mime. Also an astute choreographer, she has conceptualized, choreographed and presented close to a dozen of her own original thematic productions. A disciple of the late Guru K.N. Dandayudapani Pillai and Guru K.J. Sarasa, Urmila has won several prestigious awards, including the Kalaimamani award, Nritya Choodamani Award and the National Eminence Award. An empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and an 'A Top' grade Artist of Doordarshan, Urmila today runs a dance school in Chennai, known for its high standards.

Bharatanatyam by Urmila Sathyanarayanan

Meditative ensemble by Pandit Ramesh Narayan

Pandit Ramesh Narayan has the unique distinction of being one of the few vocalists from Kerala to have carved a niche for himself in Hindustani music. Hailing from a family of Carnatic musicians settled at Kuthuparambu in Kerala, he had his early lessons in music from his parents. He later learnt Sitar under the tutelage of Satchidananda Phadke, a renowned disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Drawn to Hindustani vocal, Pandit Ramesh Narayan earned his 'Visharad' from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Later, his talent and technique were honed by none other than the legendary Pandit Jasraj.

At the Nishagandhi, Pandit Ramesh Narayan along with other renowned musicians will present 'Meditative Ensemble', a newly launched musical production exclusively designed for the Festival. A blend of pure Indian music combining instrumental music and vocals as well as Carnatic and Hindustani, it will be a unique musical journey.

Meditative ensemble by Pandit Ramesh Narayan

Styles Amalgamated by K. Krishnakumar & Binni Krishnakumar

K. Krishnakumar & Binni Krishnakumar Gifted are the musician couple K. Krishnakumar and Binni Krishnakumar who traverse musically from the traditional South Indian Classical to the popular filmi music. They have widely traveled in India and abroad to perform solo, duo vocal Carnatic concerts and theme-oriented special concerts. They are the disciples of the doyen of Indian Classical music, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna. The duo presents traditional music in a very trendy and scintillating style.

Conceived by Trivandrum K. Krishnakumar, the specially conceived fusion concert at Nishagandhi will an amalgamation of different styles of music of India musically backed with a global touch. The concert will feature musical pieces highlighting the different genres and combining them to a memorable amalgamation. The ten-artist fusion musical show will feature various musical pieces - The Beginning - Music, The Flower - Song Evolution, The Song and Rhythm, The Rustic and The unison.

Trivandrum K Krishnakumar & Binny Krishnakumar

Odissi by Aloka Kanungo

A disciple of Padmabibhushana Sri Kelucharan Mohapatra, Aloka Kanungo is a rare combination of dancer, choreographer, teacher and scholar. Lauded for her fusion works with Manipuri (Maha Raas), Kathak (Shiva Shakti) and Rabindra Sangeet (Barshar Gaan & Bhanu Singher Padyabali), she is also known for her work on the ancient and almost extinct dance forms in group choreographies like Sthapatya Satya, Gaatagata and Mahavidya. She has also worked with physically challenged and under privileged children in a project called Kautuk - a children soiree. A recipient of many prestigious awards and honours, the Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Mahari award from Pankajcharan Das Odissi Research Foundation, Udayashankar Award etc., Aloka today heads the Shinjan Nrityalaya in Calcutta.

Odissi by Aloka Kanungo. Photo Courtesy | The Hindu

Ghazal by Padmashree Penaz Masani

Padmashree Penaz Masani The uncrowned queen of ghazals, Padmashree Penaz Masani has carved a niche for herself in the world of Indian music. With her charming looks, glorious voice and impeccable Urdu diction, she has won the heart of millions across the world. Discovered by the legendary composer Jaidev during a singing contest, she was guided by her guru, the famous Ghazal exponent Madhu Rani. Penaz cut her first album in 1981 and has the distinction of having one Platinum and three Gold Discs to her name. She has sung in over dozen languages and has performed extensively at concerts across the world. Perhaps the only women to have achieved an eminent status in the traditionally male - dominated world of Ghazals, Penaz has received numerous state and national awards during her illustrious career - including the Debut Award for the best child singer in 1976, the Vasant Desai Swar Prathistha Award in 1977 and the S D Burman Trophy for the most promising classical singer in 1978. The nation honoured her with the Padmashree in 2009.

Ghazal by Padmashree Penaz Masani

Kuchipudi by Manju Warrier

The popular Malayalam actress Manju Warrier who was in oblivion for quite a long time made a comeback to the dancing world last October where she performed in Guruvayur. She is all set to hog the limelight on Jan 26th at Nishagandhi. This year's Nishagandhi festival will have proper culmination with Manju Warrier performing on the final day. It seems we could see her in many such stages going forward. This is the biggest stage for her since her comeback. Since a popular heroine is performing after a hiatus the event is sure to garner a lot of media attention too. The stage is set to witness the Kuchipudi performance by Manju Warrier on Jan 26th. 

Kuchipudi performance by Manju Warrier. Photo courtesy | Basheer Pattambi

Program Schedule

Nishagandhi Festival 2013 Program schedule

Kathakali Mela schedule (Daily @ 6pm)

Nishagandhi Kathakali Festival

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5th International Theatre Festival of Kerala to begin on January 15

 It's theatre time in Kerala once again. The mellow January air in Thrissur is getting ready to resonate with the sounds and sights of stage from all over the world. The 5th International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK), the annual event being organised by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi will begin tomorrow, at Thrissur. 

This time, it will be a bevy of theatre from Europe, more from the Eastern European countries. There is also a collection of plays from different parts of India.The main venue will be the sprawling campus of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in Thrissur. The seminar sessions will be held at the Yathri Auditorium near the Akademi campus. The plays that won the first and second places in the various competitions organised by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi last year will also be showcased at Town Hall. 

-- Program Schedule --

6.00 p.m: Inaugural Ceremony &
‘Celebrating Abilities’ (Ability Unlimited, New Delhi / 60 min) – Bharath Murali
8.15 p.m: HamletMachine (La M.orT, Poland / 45 min) – KT Mohammed Theatre
9.15 p.m: Uthuppante Kinar (Malayalam/ 45 min) – G.Omana Vedi / Corporation Town Hall

9.00 a.m: Director-in-Dialogue (Jagannathan Vedi/Open Air)
11.15 a.m: Seminar – Theatre Festivals & Contemporary Theatre Practices:
Pino di Buduo (Italy), Paddy Heyter (France), Edwina Koffman (Poland), Ummer Tharamel
Moderator: Dr.V.C.Harris (P.K.Venukuttan Nair Vedi / Yathri Auditorium)
3.30 p.m: Informal Encounters – Play Reading Session / Performance Poetry / Theatre Music
Presentation / And so on and so forth... (Vanajyotsna / KSNA premises)
5.30 p.m: Last Song (Norway / 70 min) – Thilakan Vedi/Natyagriham
5.30 p.m: Fellini’s Dream (Italy/60 min) – KT Muhammed Theatre
7.00 p.m: Veerangana (Assam / 60 min) – Bharath Murali Auditorium
8.15 p.m: Thuppal Malsyam (Malayalam / 80 min) – G.Omana Vedi / Corporation Town Hall
10.00 p.m: Yakshagana Bayalatta – Open Air Venue

9.00 a.m: Director-in-Dialogue (Jagannathan Vedi/Open Air)
11.15 a.m: Seminar – Being and Becoming: Transformations in Theatre:
Anita Cherian, Sankar Venkateswaran & Marta Chylek (La Mort Theatre, Poland)
Moderator: Dr.C.R. Rajagopal (P.K.Venukuttan Nair Vedi / Yathri Auditorium)
4.00 p.m: Informal Encounters – Play Reading Session / Performance Poetry / Theatre Music
Presentation / And so on and so forth... (Vanajyotsna / KSNA premises)
5.30 p.m: Hidden In Plain Sight (Solo / Actors Ensemble, Bangalore/60 min) – Thilakan Vedi /
5.30 p.m: Ozhivu Divasathe Kali (Narippatta Raju / Darshana / Malayalam / 65 min) – K.T. Mohammed
7.00 p.m: Petit Cheval Blanc (Andrea Cusumano / CeCDAS / UK / 60 min) – Bharath Murali
8.15 p.m: Vaidehi Parayunnathu (Malayalam / 45 min) - G. Omana Vedi / Corporation Town Hall
9.15 p.m: Mudiyettu – Open Air Venue 

9.00 a.m: Director-in-Dialogue (Jagannathan Vedi/Open Air)
11.15 a.m: Seminar – Contemporary Theatre Practices - Problems and Possibilities:
Sunil Shanbagh, Ramesh Varma & Ramachandran Mokeri
Moderator: Prof. Chandradasan (P.K.Venukuttan Nair Vedi / Yathri Auditorium)
4.00 p.m: Informal Encounters – Play Reading Session / Performance Poetry / Theatre Music
Presentation / And so on and so forth... (Vanajyotsna / KSNA premises)
5.30 p.m: Lynch Concert (Stuart Lynch / Denmark / 60 min) – Thilakan Vedi / Natyagriham
5.30 p.m: Two of Us (Romania / 58 min) – K.T. Mohammed Theatre
7.00 p.m: S*x, M*rality & Cens*rship (Hindi / 150 min) – Bharath Murali Auditorium
9.45 p.m: Oru Desam Nuna Parayunnu (Malayalam / 40 min) – G. Omana Vedi / Town Hall

9.00 a.m: Director-in-Dialogue (Jagannathan Vedi/Open Air)
11.15 a.m: Seminar I– Space in Theatre/Theatre in Space:
Andrea Cusumano, CesDac, London, Dr. M.V. Narayanan, Architect Lijo Jose, Artist Sujathan
Moderator: Dr. Shibu S. Kottaram
Seminar II – Movement Theatre and Neuroscience:
Wendy Jehlan & Dr. A. Anandkumar.
Moderator: Dr. K.G. Paulose (P.K.Venukuttan Nair Vedi / Yathri Auditorium)
4.00 p.m: Informal Encounters – Play Reading Session / Performance Poetry / Theatre Music
Presentation / And so on and so forth... (Vanajyotsna / KSNA premises)
5.30 p.m: After the Silence (Martin John C / English-Malayalam / 60 min) – Thilakan Vedi / Natyagriham
5.30 p.m: This Is My Body. Come Into My Mind (Romania / 60 min) – K.T. Muhammed Theatre
6.30 p.m: Suddhikalasam (Malayalam / 130 min) – G. Omana Vedi / Town Hall
7.00 p.m: Gajab Kahani (Marathi / 95 min) – Bharath Murali Auditorium
9.00 p.m: Andhatha (Malayalam / 80 min) – G. Omana Vedi / Natyagriham

9.00 a.m: Director-in-Dialogue (Jagannathan Vedi/Open Air)
11.15 a.m: Seminar – Curating Art/Theatre Festivals: Issues and Complexities of Current
Approaches: Tripurari Sharma, NSD & Riyas Komu
Moderator: Dr. C.S. Biju, St. Thomas College, Thrissur (P.K.Venukuttan Nair Vedi / Yathri
4.00 p.m: Informal Encounters – Play Reading Session / Performance Poetry / Theatre Music
Presentation / And so on and so forth... (Vanajyotsna / KSNA premises)
5.00 p.m: King Lear (Solo / Uzbekistan / 65 min) – Thilakan Vedi (Natyagriham)
5.00 p.m: Akatharo (Malayalam / 100 min) - K.T.Muhammed Theatre
7.00 p.m: Carmen Chore-drama (Georgia / 55 min) – Bharath Murali Auditorium
8.00 p.m: Automatorium (Catalonia / 60 min) – Open Air Venue
9.00 p.m: King Lear (Solo / Uzbekistan / 65 min) – Thilakan Vedi (Natyagriham)
9.15 p.m: Macbeth: Who Is that Bloodied Man ? (Poland / 60 min) – Hockey Stadium

9.00 a.m: Director-in-Dialogue (Jagannathan Vedi/Open Air)
11.15 a.m: Seminar – Theatre, Philosophy and the Social Sciences:
Sundar Sarukkai, Babu Thaliyath & R Gopalakrishnan
Moderator: Dr. C.G. Rajendra Babu (P.K.Venukuttan Nair Vedi / Yathri Auditorium)
4.00 p.m: Informal Encounters – Play Reading Session / Performance Poetry / Theatre Music
Presentation / And so on and so forth... (Vanajyotsna / KSNA premises)
5.30 p.m: The Knocking Within (USA / Wendy Jehlen / 60 min) – K.T. Muhammed Theatre
7.00 p.m: Kino Kaon (Assam / 80 min) – Bharath Murali Auditorium
7,30 p.m: Mathileri Kanni (Malayalam / 135 min) – G. Omana Vedi (Town Hall)
9.00 p.m: Ravanama (Solo / Maya Krishna Rao / 60 min) – Thilakan Vedi (Natyagruham)
9.15 p.m: Macbeth: Who Is That Bloodied Man ? (Poland / 60 min) – Hockey Stadium

9.00 a.m: Director-in-Dialogue (Jagannathan Vedi/Open Air)
11.15 a.m: Seminar – New Technologies and Theatre:
Amitesh Grover, NSD, Jyothish. M.G. & Thrissur Gopalji
Moderator: Dr. L. Thomaskutty (P.K.Venukuttan Nair Vedi / Yathri Auditorium)
4.00 p.m: Informal Encounters – Play Reading Session / Performance Poetry / Theatre Music
Presentation / And so on and so forth... (Vanajyotsna / KSNA premises)
5. 30 p.m: The Colonial, The Convict & The Cockattoo (Solo / Arjun Raina / 55 min) – Thilakan Vedi
5.30 p.m: Yamadoothu (Malayalam / 60 min) – K.T. Muhammed Theatre
7.00 p.m: Closing Ceremony – K.T. Muhammed Theatre
8.45 p.m: Indian Tempest (France / 105 min) – Bharath Murali Auditorium
7.45 p.m: Matsyagandhi (Solo / Shailaja P.Ambu / Mal /45 min) – Open Air

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