Monday, August 2, 2010

A different interpretation to ‘Lankalakshmi'

Story from the Hindu daily, August 02, 2010 by the The Staff Reporter

KOCHI: C. N. Sreekantan Nair's ‘Lankalakshmi' is a challenge for any director, for its text featuring poetic language and imagery. That is the challenge Chandradasan is attempting to tackle now.

His production of ‘Lankalakshmi' will be staged in the city in the second week of September. “For a beginning, we are trying to bring in a new culture with this play, as it would be staged on five consecutive days and entry will be only for those with tickets,” says Mr. Chandradasan.

Only the casting part has been completed, as the director is still working on the stage design.


“I want to break the conventional acting style. My attempt will be to find a link between the performance as required by the text and the expressions that the actor develops on his own. That is why now we are concentrating on actors getting into their characters,” he says.

The play, as it is always with Chandradasan's works, would have contemporary elements.

“I am trying to highlight the elements that are in the text itself. During many re-reads that I did, two aspects stuck me. One is the subaltern reading of Ramayanam, in which a black, ugly child grows up to become the Emperor and conquer the whole universe.

Second is while the demon dynasty under Ravanan becomes powerful as never before, some insiders express concern about ensuring purity of their race. Race and pride of the downtrodden will be the political ideology of the play,” he says.

The play will attempt more experiments.

Chandradasan is pondering on possibilities of analysing various versions of Ramayanam.

Experiments will also be made in music, being composed by Bijibal, where sounds from Nature will be used to generate a visual feeling.

Courtesy. The Hindu daily, august 02, 2010 ; Photo Giressh Menon.

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Blogger ManojMavelikara said...


August 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger nandini r nair said...

who is playing ravanan?

August 2, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Chandradasan said...

Selvaraj is Ravanan...Aji Thiruvankulam as Virupakshan, Madan Kolavil as Supasvan, Zumesh Chittooran as Indrajit & Angadan; Johny Kurisinkal as Prahasthan & Malyavan, Muthumani as Mandodari, Cigin Sukumar as Vibheeshanan, Joshva Antony as Nikumbhan; Jolly Antony as Kumbhakarnnan, Charu Narayanan as Sarama, Aaditya K narayanan as Kumbhan.....

August 2, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger minnie said...

waiting to see the production...

August 3, 2010 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Prakash said...

When it is comming on stage

August 3, 2010 at 7:11 PM  
Anonymous chandradasan said...

expect the performance in October,

August 3, 2010 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Abhishek Majumdar said...

sounds fascinating,
would love to watch it when it opens.

August 4, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chandra, when are you bringing your shows for a US tour?

August 7, 2010 at 2:20 AM  
Anonymous said...

i would love to bring, waiting for the chance /invitation....

August 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Madan said...

Hai Sir,
The text is authentic... and the picture seems somewhat amateur, of course, with a hidden agenda....
Then, Long Live Menon's Hidden Agendas... Long Live the Sectarianism.... Long Live the Nepotism.... (Translation = Alpa Buddhikalum Kapata Buddhikalum neenaal vaazhatte....)

August 9, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

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