KARNATIC KATTAIKKUTTU now features @ the 28th rural performing arts festival of the Kattaikkuttu Sangam
Tuesday 14 August 2018 from 11:00 pm to 01:15 am (on 15 August)
Open-air stage of the Kattaikkuttu Sangam, 36 Punjarsantankal Village
With whom? - TM Krishna, Perungattur P. Rajagopal, Sangeetha Sivakumar, Hanne M. de Bruin
For whom? Theatre lovers of all ages. As always the festival is free of charge but we appreciate donations in support of the Kattaikkuttu Sangam and its efforts to promote Kattaikkuttu as a theatre in its own right.
Karnatic Kattaikkuttu is the first-ever collaboration between two distinct art forms: Karnatik music, the classical music of South India, and Kattaikkuttu, a Tamil language-based, physical and vocal form of rural open-air ensemble theatre with an inherent capacity for comedy. Nowadays these Karnatic music and Kattaikkuttu occupy opposite ends of a spectrum that divides the Indian performing arts into classical and folk.
This unique collaboration was initiated and conceptualized by well-known Karnatic vocalists T.M. Krishna and Sangeetha Sivakumar (Karnatic) and legendary Kattaikkuttu actor, playwright and director Perungattur P. Rajagopal and theatre scholar Hanne M. de Bruin (Kattaikkuttu). It premiered in Mumbai in December 2017 with the support of First Edition Arts.
Karnatic Kattaikkuttu is an experimental production in which Karnatic concert music and Kattaikkuttu theatre collaborate on an equal footing. The production explores what both forms share, where they differ and how they speak to and with each other. In an exhilarating exchange of repertoire elements, Karnatic and Kattaikkuttu performers present excerpts from two all-night plays, Disrobing of Draupadi and The Eighteenth Day.
T.M. Krishna and Sangeetha Sivakumar will be accompanied by Karnatic musicians Akkarai Subhalakshmi, (violin) K. Arun Prakash (mridangam) and N. Guruprasad (ghatam). In addition to P. Rajagopal in the role of Duryodhana on the last day of the Mahabharata war, the Kattaikkuttu cast features actor-singers S. Tamilarasi (Draupadi), R. Devan (Duhsasana), R. Kumar (Duryodhana), M. Duraisamy (1st Kattiyakkaran), A. Kailasam (2 nd Kattiyakkaran), A. Bharati (Vikarna), S. Srimathy (Karna), S. Haribabu (Sakuni), S. Gobinath (talam), R. Balaji (harmonium), A. Selvarasu (mridangam & dholak) and P. Sasikumar
The festival programme also features storytelling in Tamil by conceptualized by international storyteller Craig Jenkins Storyteller by students of the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam, in addition to three Kattaikkuttu plays jointly performed by the members of six different Kattaikkuttu companies.
08:30 pm - 09:00 pm Inauguration
09:00 pm - 11:00 pm Draupadi's Marriage
11:00 pm - 01:15 am Karnatic Kattaikkuttu
01:15 am - 02:00 am Storytelling in Tamil
02:00 am - 04:00 am Aravan's Battlefield Sacrifice
04:00 am - 06:00 am Karna Moksham
06:00 am - Celebration of India's
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