Author Archives: Manu

Lost in the land

Valley Song,’ directed by P.A.M. Rasheed, is an adaptation of South African writer Athol Fugard’s play of the same name. The tale of an old farmer’s bond with the land, told against the background of rapid progress and ambitious people, became an unforgettable experience for theatre enthusiasts at the Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. Although the tale is set in post-Apartheid South Africa, certain stories, however much they are flavoured with local tastes, have universal appeal. The play ‘Valley Song,’ … Continue reading

It’s play time

Theatre Plays organised in connection with the Soorya Dance and Music Festival 2009 covered a wide range of themes. Manu Remakant The first five days of a theatre festival, organised as part of the Soorya Dance and Music Festival 2009, proved that theatre still has an ardent following in the capital city. All the plays were staged in the auditorium of the Swathi Thirunal Coll ege of Music, Thiruvananthapuram. ‘Melvilasam,’ ‘Premalekhanam’ and ‘Pulari’ – three of Soorya Krishnamoorthy’s plays – … Continue reading

Theatre of change

Select scenes of K.T. Mohammed’s ‘Ithu Bhumiyanu’ and an ingenious presentation of ‘Chirikkunna Kathi’ were staged to pay homage to the veteran playwright and writer. Legendary dramatist K.T. Mohammed’s works came alive at Vylloppilli Samskriti Bhavan when artistes from Kalinga Theaters, Kozhikode, presented select scenes from his famous play ‘Ithu Bhoomiyanu’ to a packed audience. With bated b reath the audience watched the play that had unleashed a storm after its debut performance half a century ago. Like most great … Continue reading

Representative acts

The eight-day National Theatre Festival was made rich with the presence of representative Malayalam plays from different eras and outlooks. The 11th National Theatre Festival, which was held at the Tagore Theatre in Thiruvananthapuram, presented five Malayalam plays that were representative of traditional as well as modern schools. Abhinaya’s ‘Sagarakanyaka,’ the inaugural play, was an adaptation of Ibsen’s ‘The Lady from the Sea.’ The multi-media production and the fine portrayals by Reghuthaman and Parvati spoke volumes for the skill of … Continue reading