Saturday, September 25, 2010


Lokadharmi performs a clown play named ‘A Heart play – Oru Hrudaya Natakam’ on Saturday the 25th of September; – on the eve of the world heart day, at DH Ground Ernakulam (5.30 pm) and at Oberon Mall (8.00 pm)

The play is produced and presented by Medical Trust hospital, Ernakulam and is performed by Sudheer babu, Zumesh Chittooran, Pradeep chittoor, Charu Narayanan, Kannatte Kalesh, and Sanosh Palluruthy. The crew behind are, Costumes – Joy PP; Lights – Gireesh Menon, Sound Control- Jebin Jesmes; Art & Properties - Laiju Sreevalsan, Script - Madan Kolavil & Sudheer Babu , Music Bijibal, design & direction Chandradasan

The performance uses the body language of clowning, and directly interacts with the audience, to address the necessity of a lifestyle that suits the health of a heart. The play focuses on the potential threats of smoking, excess alcoholism, obesity, new generation work and food culture, lack of exercise etc that may be potential reasons for a block and heart failure.

Humour, and clowning along with situational comedy gives the entertainment; but care is taken to make sure that the message reach the audience.

The program will be attended by the minster Jose Thettayil and Kaithapram Damodaran Nambuthiri at DH Ground Ernakulam.

This performance is part of the social educational/outreach program of Medical trust Hospital and Lokadharmi.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Director's actor


Vinay is driven by his passion for cinema and theatre.


This guy from Fort Kochi created a ripple in Shyamaprasad's ‘Ritu.' Although the movie had him starring in just two or three scenes, his role as Jamal had the audience sit up and take note of this young actor. His next release, Sibi Malayalil's ‘Apoorva Ragam,' created waves. In the role of Narayanan, Vinay with his bold, bald look won accolades.

“I think people appreciated the role because it was realistic. Narayanan is not portrayed as the bad guy right from the start,” says Vinay, an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

Although he became a familiar face through ‘Ritu' and ‘Apoorva Ragam,' Vinay has also starred in ‘Chatak,' a Hindi film by Reema Borah in which Vinay plays a South Indian who is swept towards terrorism and Anup Kurian's ‘The Hunt,' which had Vinay working with Naseeruddin Shah.

‘The Hunt'

“I just had three of four scenes in ‘The Hunt.' And though Naseeruddin sir and I shot together for four days, it was only later during the golden jubilee celebration of FTII that I gathered courage to speak to him. He was affable and gave me tips on acting,” says Vinay. He also had a role as a terrorist in Dr. Biju's ‘Veettilekkulla Vazhi,' starring Prithviraj.

“Actually I did have a substantial role in the movie but the dates for the shoot of ‘Veettilekkulla Vazhi' clashed with that of ‘Jayakumaran Thirakattai,' a Tamil film directed by Sharat Haridas. So I had to settle for a smaller role,” says Vinay who is eager to experiment with roles.

“I'm mouldable. However, post ‘Apoorva Ragam,' most of the roles that have been coming my way is that of a villain. I don't mind playing one if the role is realistic,” says Vinay who adds that it was his co-star Nishan in ‘Ritu,' his senior at FTII, who encouraged him to contact Syamaprasad for a role in the movie.

The experience while shooting for ‘Ritu,' says Vinay, is unforgettable. “Syamaprasad sir is an actor's director. He knows how to bring out the best in the actor. He is also open to suggestions. When I asked him if I could portray the character of a gay my way, through minute details like look, expressions, gesture…, he was open to it. Before a scene was shot, he explained the scene and what he expected from the actor in that scene. It was great working with him as it was with Sibi sir, whom I have always wanted to work with.”

It was Alexi Kurian, a production controller of ‘Apoorva Ragam' who pushed Vinay to meet Sibi. “I knew Nishan and Asif were already cast in the movie and went to meet Sibi sir thinking I would probably get a bit role in the film. I was surprised when he gave me the role of Narayanan. In fact, people have started recognising me on the streets through ‘Apoorva Ragam,'” says Vinay who has roots in theatre.


“I love theatre. In fact I was into theatre even as a kid through Balasangam's Venalthumbikal. I have acted in a couple of plays by Lokadharmi: ‘Karnabharam,' ‘Poranadi,' ‘Medea'… However, it is not fame, money or stardom that I seek. I want to act, play different kinds of roles,” says Vinay who will be shooting for V.K. Pratap's ‘Karma Yogi' soon. “I play a guy called Koman in the movie. I liked the way the character sounded and am looking forward to the shoot.”

Note; Courtesy Friday Hindu.Sept 10, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Soorya Festival in Asian Age.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Soorya festival from Sept 21

Express News Service

First Published : 02 Sep 2010 01:15:36 AM IST

Last Updated : 02 Sep 2010 11:42:48 AM IST

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The Soorya Festival, which holds the record for the longest arts and music festival, will kick off in the capital city on September 21. This year, the festival will last 111 days, Soorya director Soorya Krishnamoorthy said on Wednesday.

Curtains will go up for the marathon festival with a formal inauguration by Godrej managing director and Soorya India patron A Mahendra at the Tagore Theatre on September 21. ‘Atmakatha’ will be the inaugural film this year, and will be screened after the inauguration. The film festival at the Tagore Theatre will be on till September 30. It will feature 19 Malayalam films, including ‘Raamanam,’ ‘Paleri Manikyam - Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha,’ ‘Yugapurushan’ and ‘Sufi Paranja Katha.’

Alongside the film festival, a painting exhibition will open at the Tagore Theatre on September 22 featuring various artistes. It will be on till November 30.

The Dance and Music Festival will open at the Tagore Theatre on October 1 with a Carnatic vocal by K J Yesudas. Odissi by the Nrityagram, Bharatanatyam by Padma Subramaniam, Dr Gayatri and Mahati, Carnatic vocal by O S Thyagarajan and Kathak by Rajendra Gangani are the big draws.

This year’s Theatre Festival will feature the Tamil play ‘Vietnam Veedu’ by Y G Mahendra. This play, which has in the past featured stalwarts like Sivaji Ganeshan, is to be staged at the Model School Auditorium on October 17. The Theatre Festival will open at the Model School Auditorium on October 11 with ‘Parinayam’, written by M T Vasudevan Nair and directed by Soorya Krishnamoorthy. Between October 11 and October 20, ten plays will be staged, including ‘Avanavan Kadamba’ by Kavalam, ‘Makkalkkoottam’ by Pramod Payyannur and ‘Bommanahalliyile Kinnarayogi’ directed by Chandradasan.

‘’This year, we are starting two new events - a five-day Carnatic music festival ‘Sindhubhairavi’ and a Ghazal Mela, also lasting five days,’’ Krishnamoorthy told a news conference here on Wednesday. ‘Parampara’, which will be hosted at the Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan from November 1 to November 10, will feature nine Bharatanatyam recitals and one Kuchipudi performance.

Chamber concert ‘Jalsa Ghar’ at the YMCA Auditorium will feature performances by Umbayi, Gayatri, Shahabaz Aman, Manjari, Meeta Pandit, Sagarika Pradhan and Pandit Ramesh Narayan, among others. Jalsa Ghar will be on from November 11 to November 20.

For the Adoor aficionados, this year the Soorya Festival offers a five-film treat. In ‘Meet the Master’, five of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s films - ‘Swayamvaram,’ ‘Kadhapurushan,’ ‘Nizhalkuthu,’ ‘Nalupennungal’ and ‘Oru Pennum Randanum’ will be screened at the Kalabhavan from November 21 to November 25.

Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘3 Idiots,’ Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’ and Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Rann’ are among the films planned in ‘Indian Panorama’, which will begin at the Kalabhavan on November 21 and will be held till November 30.

Other programmes include Kathakali Festival at the Women’s College, poets’ meet, short film festival  and ‘Chiriyarangu’ at the Municipal Auditorium. Another big attraction is an Odissi Festival from January 5 to January 9.

The Soorya Festival will officially come to a close on January 10 with a stage show ‘Dwayam’ directed by Soorya Krishnamoorthy.

Note Courtesy . The new Indian express Trivandrum