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Across the hinterland with Gillo Repertory

Across the hinterland with Gillo Repertory

For Shaili Sathyu, artistic director of the Gillo Repertory, it was a long-term dream to travel with her theatre company on a road trip to the interiors of the country taking the power of live performance to children’s doorsteps. Last November, that once fanciful idea was borne out in truth, ...

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The plight of a King

The plight of a King

Kailasodharanam and Parvatheeviraham are two connected episodes from Bhasa’s play Thoranayudham. The lead character is Ravana, who, in the beginning, is seen in a pensive mood, hearing about the rampage caused by Hanuman at Ashok Vatika, his palace garden. He remembers the incident when he lifted Mount Kailasa, coinciding with ...

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Death of Bali – The Hindu

Death of Bali - The Hindu

Among the major Koodiyattam plays performed by the Chakyar community, Balivadham has an important place for its theatrical aspects as well as the scope it provides for elaborate acting. This forms the first act of Abhisheka Nataka, written by Bhasa, and is usually performed in a span of five days. ...

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Star-crossed and quirky: The HandleBards in town

Star-crossed and quirky: The HandleBards in town

Ten minutes to 7 pm and it is already a full house. Four women, clad in trousers and shirts with socks rolled up to their knees, are among the audience, chatting, greeting people, and gently dancing along. “D’ya know who the front seats are for?” one of them asks me. ...

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Bilbo and the dwarves come to Chennai

Bilbo and the dwarves come to Chennai

How do you convince your audience that the 10-year-olds on stage are, in fact, hobbits and dwarves? By scaling down your sets, and of course, turning the grown-ups into dwarves. A to Zee Creativity’s annual theatre production has done just that, with their true-to-page adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s popular prequel. ...

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Here’s what makes Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum in Ahmedabad for several reasons

Here’s what makes Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum in Ahmedabad for several reasons

Ahmedabad is a city of museums — kite museum, a museum of utensils, a world-class textile museum, toy museum and more. Any addition to this list would be a mere add-on, unless it of some consequence. Sanjay Lalbhai and Jayshree Lalbhai understood this well and that’s why Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum ...

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Soorya’s Theatre Fest starts on October 11

Soorya’s Theatre Fest starts on October 11

The multilingual Theatre Festival that commences on October 11 as part of Soorya Festival brings on stage a host of plays. While Malayalam play Deerkha Chaturam directed by Soorya Krishnamoorthy will be staged on the inaugural day, the following day features a dance ballet, Draupadi, presented by Janaki Rangarajan. Koothapiran ...

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The surreal imagery of Manir Mrittik

The surreal imagery of Manir Mrittik

Visual art is a realm full of possibilities. At times, its interdisciplinary nature makes it ambivalent, often overlapping one feeling or meaning with another. A photograph can turn into a painting, a sketch into a sculpture and a video into a film. Each can carry the same content, yet multiple ...

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Shuffle Your Playlist: This week’s top 15 tracks on the chart | art and culture

Shuffle Your Playlist: This week’s top 15 tracks on the chart | art and culture

What have you been listening to on your commute to work? If the stress of daily life has been bogging you down, put on those headphones and time travel with the musical notes. always use music to turn the feeling around. It’s a well-known fact now that stress is silent ...

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Meet the gorilla girl – The Hindu

Meet the gorilla girl - The Hindu

Did you hear about that gorilla who pops up at strange places in the city — sneaking inside a garage in Adyar, plopping down on the terrace of a building in Saidapet, chomping on raw mango in Besant Nagar? If you haven’t yet, scroll down Jemma Jose’ Instagram page. For ...

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