Author Archives: Manu

Stage for Bhakti

‘Bhakthakavi Poonthanam’ centred on the life of Poonthanam Namboothiri. When Arya Antharjanam broke down holding her dead child close to her breast, the audience held its collective breath in distress. Their eyes filled up upon hearing the reaction of the child’s father, Poonthanam Namoothiri, the legendary poet whose devotion to Lord Krishna was ested by this sudden tragedy… “While little Krishna is dancing in our hearts, do we need little ones of our own?” The Karthika Tirunal Theatre in East … Continue reading

Return of the Kabooliwallah

Rabindranath Tagore’s story about the friendship between a little girl and a Kabooliwallah was staged in connection with the litterateur’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations. The paper with an ink-smeared print of a little hand is falling to pieces. But, as the shabby man gives him that bit of yellowed paper, Ravi is able to perceive what that little imprint conveys. He sees the innocent face of a girl waiting for her father in a land of mountains. Ravi’s eyes well … Continue reading

New narratives

Plays Works of Kumaran Asan, ONV Kurup and Basheer came alive on the stage, thanks to Rangaprabhath’s initiative of using theatre to introduce the greats of Malayalam literature to children. Manu Remakant T he Malabar revolt in 1921 came as a rude awakening for Savithri Thampuratti. She lost everything, including her loving parents. It was then that Savithri realised that the knowledge you earn through education is nothing when compared to the knowledge you earn from nature. The latter keeps … Continue reading

Road to Lakkidi

MANU REMAKANT finds out innovative ways to beat the cold while at Lakkidi Bet most of you have not heard about Lakkidi. Or that it is the place that gets the second highest rainfall in India? This is where the sky and the blue mountains meet, it is almost as if you just need to stretch your hand and touch the clouds that flit past. Standing on `Onpatham Valavu,’ in Lakkidi, which is around 700 m above sea level, the … Continue reading