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PARSHVA SANGEETHA

Playwright: Srinivasa Vaidya
Director: Prashanth Hiremath
Group: Rangavalli, Mysore
Language: Kannada
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins

 

The Play

Parshva Sangeetha is a write-up by Shrinivasa Vaidya. It narrates the author’s association with the timeless classic melodies of Hindi films, from the 1940’s till the recent times. It presents the way in which the wonderful songs are interwoven into our lives and the way they have made an impact on us. Great singers like K L Sehgal, Talat Mehmood, Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and others, whose melodies ring in our ears and pull the emotional strings of our heart even today, are revisited in the on-stage adaptation of the write-up. Every generation has their own favourite heroes and heroines along with their favourite movies and songs. The narrator of the play reminisces, his childhood memories, where the golden era of Hindi cinema was making its mark on the youth of those days. The example of this impact is remembered by recollecting the life of the narrator’s uncle, Shama, who was an embodiment of the spirit of the classic movies and songs.

 

Director’s Note

More than seven years ago I wanted to bring Parshwa Sangeetha to stage. It was a wonderful write-up by Shrinivasa Vaidya that captured the spirit of the classic film music. Since the silent movie era, cinema’s impact has cultivated and groomed the tastes and way of living. From silent to talkies, black and white to colour, those wonderful stories, heroes and their styles, heroines and their attitudes, villains, fights, songs, acting, costumes etch themselves, in the minds of youths moulding the mindset of an entire generation. I wanted to see how the complexities of various aspects of cinema could be presented on stage. My sincere thanks to the team Rangavalli, back-stage artists and all the artists who made this possible within a month. I hope that the play would strike the right chord with the audience, creating a synergy and enabling it to accompany us on this musical journey.

 

The Director

Prashanth Hiremath is a senior artiste in Rangayana, a well-known repertory. He has been a part of it since its inception. With more than 30 years of theatre experience, he has worked with many eminent theatre personalities. He has directed well-known plays Ashwaparva by S. Ramanath, Annayyana Manavashastra by A.K. Ramanujan, Mayamruga by Poornachandra Tejaswi and many others. His strength in presenting abstract concepts and magical realism on stage has been well appreciated and received by the audience.

 

The Playwright

Srinivasa Vaidya was born in Navalagunda, Dharwad. He wrote for the famous Kannada magazine ‘Aparanji’. In Bangalore, he has started a group called ‘Samvada’ where many literary programs are organized by inviting eminent writers.

 

The Group

Rangavalli is a team of young minds that yearn for novelty and is open to new experiments. It was formed with the guidance of eminent theatre personalities of Rangayana, namely Prashanth Hiremath, Nandini K R, Krishnakumar Narnakaje and well known designer H K Dwarakanth and K J Sachidanand. Our Team has grown by adapting well known Kannada plays, essays, short stories, novels into stage. Well-known theatre directors like Prashanth Hirematt, C Basavalingaiah, Prabhuswami Malimatt, Jeevankumar Heggodu, M C Krishnaprasad and H K Dwarakanath have directed plays for our team. Besides staging plays we also organize various programs like book releases, symposiums, theatre-workshops for students, discussions on current affairs, scientific awareness programs and cultural programs.

 

Cast & Credits

Narator Murali G
Shama Uncle Poorna Chandra M C
Kaku (Janaki) Shalmali Hiremath
Benki Navaba Manjunatha C N
Aayi Seemanthini B
Shama’s Brother 1 Vinay Kashyap K
Shama’s Brother 2 Manju R
Shama’s Sister in law Geetha
Child Sheenu Sukhdev Tejasvi
Shama’s Sister Sharada/Shinu’s Daughter Arpitha T M
Groom Manju M
Groom Father Pradeep M
Groom Mother Chaitra B N
Groom Brother/Raddiwalla Manju V.S Narasapura
Purohitha Vishal Kumar K.R
Blind Begger Raviprasad H.R
Stars/Angels Jagathi D

Nesara M.R

Manasa Nataraj Gowda, Anagha, Chandan Kumar R

M J Anthony Christon, Prayag J Kore, Nikhil L

Stage Adaptation B.P. Arun
Music Vishwas K
Lighting Krishnakumar Narnakaje
Lighting Assistant Mahesh Kumar N
Set Design H.K. Dwarakanath
Set Assistants Subramanya M.S, Mohan Kumar S, Hariprasad G
Costume Nandini K.R.
Costume Assistants Roopa H.R
Make up Divya, Raghavendra B.R & Saritha C.V
Choreography Karthik S
Assistant Director Mahesh kumar N
Playwright                              Srinivasa Vaidya
Director                                  Prashanth Hiremath

 

 

 

Contacts

Director, Rangavalli

296/C, 21st Main, 18th Cross

2nd Stage, JP Nagar Mysore

Karnataka- 570008

M: +91 9448871815

E: rangavallimysore@gmail.com

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PANCHAVATI YAKSHAGANA

Playwright: Parthisubba
Director: Keremane Shivanand Hegde
Group: Sri Idagunji Mahaganapati Yakshagana Mandali, Karnataka
Language: Kannada
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

 

The Play

The performance starts with the traditional invocation Poorvaranga to lord Ganesha with dance and music. Sri Rama moves to the forest, with wife Seeta and brother Laxmana. The sages of the forest complain about the demons and solicit his protection. Rama assures to help them.

Shoorpanakha, Ravana’s sister, smells the odour of human flesh and approaches Rama’s hermitage.  Looking at Rama, she gets attracted by him. Using her magical powers she transforms herself as a beautiful damsel and expresses her desire to marry him. Rama, for the sake of fun, advises her to marry his brother Laxmana who is younger, more handsome and yet to be married. With lust and desire, excited Shoorpanakha runs to Laxmana. Laxmana becomes angry, scolds her for her behaviour and asks her to bring proof from Rama. Rama writes on her back, suggesting Laxmana to chop off her ears and nose. Laxmana sees Rama’s orders, and cuts off her ears and nose. Angry Shoorpanakha takes a vow that she will take revenge.

 

Director’s Note

This episode is selected from the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana. Happenings in Panchavati is a crucial part of Ramayana and forms a basis for abduction of Seeta. Traditionally, this play was limited to the conversation based Taalamaddale. I have tried to explore new possibilities, besides already existing traditional theatre elements, music and rhythm, in enhancing the portrayal of the characters and the story. Breaking the barriers of language through simple narration and direction, without losing the framework of impromptu dialogue delivery, dance and narrative motives of Yakshagana, has made this play successful in and abroad India.

The depiction and dance of many rishis being choreographed into a single song, the depiction of intimacy of Seeta and Rama, entry and transformation of Shoorpanakha, the dramatic usage of the tere (traditional curtain), expressions of internal emotions, Rama and Laxmana’s determinations are some of the notable parts of directions and choreography of the play.

One can see a spectrum of moods, other than the popular Veera, Raudra, Hasya in Yakshagana, i.e. Shringara, Bhayanaka, Karuna and Adbhuta as well.

 

The Director

Sri Keremane Shivanand Hegde is the present director of this Yakshagana Troupe. He is also Guru and director of a Yakshagana Training Center – Srimaya Yakshagana Ranga Shikshana Kendra in a remote village of coastal Karnataka. Sri Hegde is a fifth generation Yakshagana artist in Keremane family. He has studied and practiced many classical and folk-dance forms apart from Yakshagana and has toured all over the globe heading the Yakshagana Mandali. He has been conferred with many awards (Aryabhata International Award, Kuvempu Deepa Award, Ajithashri, Kusumashri, Chittani Awards etc.) and titles (Yakshagana Kalashekhara, Yaksha Sarathi and Nritya Param). Currently, he is a member of the executive board of   Sangeeta Nataka Akademi, New Delhi; the chairman of Folk and Tribal Community of SNA, New Delhi; academic council member of Karnataka State Dr. Gangubhai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University, Mysore; and a member of many other renowned organisations.

 

The Playwright

Yakshagana poet Parthisubba, believed to have lived in about 1600 AD, is a celebrated composer of many Yakshagana Prasangas (or poetic episodes). Subba is believed to be the originator of new regional style, the Tenkutittu, the ‘Southern School’ of Yakshagana. He is also believed to be the author (probably the compiler and editor) of Sabhalakshana, a collection of songs used for the preliminary (Purva Ranga) of Yakshagana.

 

The Group

Yakshagana is a rare 500 year old operative art form which belongs to our rich Indian heritage originating in Karnataka. It is a combination of dance, drama, music, dialogues and stories taken from Indian epics and mythology. Sri Idagunji Mahaganapati Yakshagana Mandali, Keremane® was established in 1934 by Sri Hegde’s grandfather. This mandali is a non-profit NGO, and the performing unit of the organization has toured extensively in India, USA, England, Spain, Bahrain, France, China etc. Many awards and recognitions have been conferred to the mandali from all over the world; the prestigious ‘Raja Mansingh Tomar Award’ conferred by MP Govt. being the most recent.

 

Cast & Credits

Shri Rama Keremane Shivanand Hegde
Rushi Muni Timmappa Hegde
Shoorpanakha 1 Ishwar Bhat Hamsalli
Maya Shoorpanakha 2 Sadashiv Bhat Yellapura
Laxmana Vighneshwar Havgodi
Rushi Muni Seetaram Hegde Mudare, Shridhar Hegde Keremane, Ganapati Kunabi
Poorvaranga Chandrashekar N.
Seeta Maruti Naik Bailagadde
Poorvaranga Nakula Gouda
Tere Krishna Marathi
Tere & Green Room Helper Mahaveer Indra Jain
Bhagawata (Singer) Ananta Hegde Dantalige
Chande Player Krishna Yaji Idagunji
Maddale Player Narasimha Hegde Mururu
Playwright                  Parthisubba
Director                      Keremane Shivanand Hegde

 

 

Contacts

Sri Idagunji Mahaganapati Yakshagana

Mandali Keremane

At & P.O: Gunavante, Tq: Honnavar

Dist. Uttara Kannada, Karnataka- 581348

M: +91 8387234188, 9480516300

E: idagunjimela@gmail.com

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MADHYAMA VYAYOGA

Playwright: Mahakavi Bhasa
Director: Jagadeesh R
Group: Sri Shivakumara Rangaprayoga Shale, Sanehalli, Karnataka
Language: Kannada
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

 

The Play

A Brahmin family is captured by Ghatotkach, son of the demoness Hidimbā and the middle Pandava prince, Bhima, who is doing his mother’s bidding, for she has asked him to find a human for her meal. Upon painfully discussing who will sacrifice his life, it is decided that the middle son, Madhyama, is to be taken for Hidimbā. Before facing his fate, the middle son asks permission to quench his thirst at a nearby lake.

The middle son is gone for some time and Ghatokach calls out to him… “Madhyama… Madhyama…” Incidentally, Bhima, also called Madhyama by his brothers, is passing by. He responds to the call and finds the priest and his family in a state of despair. Bhima inquires the identity of Ghatokach’s mother, only to find that Ghatokach is his own son. Bhima is amused and without giving away his identity gets into a duel with his son and defeats him. Bhima asks Ghatokach to call his mother so that she can satiate her hunger. Hidimba appears and reveals the identity of Bhima to their son. Ghatokach is shocked and humbled by the sudden revelation. Hidimba says that her appetite is satisfied by the return of her husband, and both families go their separate ways.

 

Director’s Note

In contemporary society middle path symbolizes weakness and defeat, and is related to adjustments. The play carries the notion that one who has the power and utilizes it to serve and protect the poor and week knows the middle path… madhyama. To interpret the above view, I have chosen the Sanskrit play Madhyama Vyayoga to be presented in folk forms like Kudiyattum and Yakshagana by folk artistes. The stylised acting method gives performers room for improvisation and the austerity of the presentation ensures uninterrupted flow of action. In these productions, it is the actors’ bodies which become the vehicle of manifestation of human emotions and action. The actors acquire the central space in these productions marked by a variety of colours, musical tunes and themes.

 

The Director

Jagadeesh R was born in Chikkamagalur district, Karnataka, India in 1981. He graduated in Design and Direction from National School of Drama, New Delhi in 2013. He is a sculptor and a musician and is active in theatre giving direction, music, light and scenic design. He has won the State Award for Theatre Music in the year 2006. He participated in the 2nd Asian Theatre Festival at Beijing, China (2012), and The NAPA (National Academy of Performing Arts) International Theatre Festival at Karachi, Pakistan (2014). Currently he is working as a director at Sri Shivakumara Rangaprayoga Shale, Sanehalli, Karnataka.

 

The Playwright

The earliest known Sanskrit dramatist, Bhasa, is believed to have lived sometime during the 3rd century AD. Thirteen of his plays were rediscovered in 1912. Most of these surviving works are romances taken from the famous epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, although two of Bhasa’s plays do boast of original plots viz. Avimaraka and Charudatta.

 

The Group

Sri Shivakumara Rangaprayoga Shale was established in year 2008 and is a residential theatre school. It has been designed in the Gurukula system with a broad syllabus, adapted from the best theatre institutions of the country. Its course is backed by 25 years of experience of Kalashangha and 15 years of the Shivasanchara Theatre repertory. It is training today’s youth in both traditional and experimental ways.

 

Cast & Credits

Hidimba Madhushree V A
Ghatotkacha Naveen M
Bhima Abhishek K
Brahmana Santhosh Guledagudda
Brahmani Pooja Gajakosh
Prathama K S Gireesh
Madhyama Golla Ramesh
Trutiya Shivanagouda Maalipatil
Devi Chetan J
Sahachareyaru Tulasi P Karigar, Asha M R
Rakshasa Gana Madan S V, K Prem Kumar
  K V Ganesha, Guruprasad
  Ateem Dadapeer Nadaf, Sanath Kumar
   
Light Design Vinod Laxman Bhandari
Choreography Prathibha B G
Make-up Mithun Balakrishna
Costume Kiran T C, Panduranga Nayak
Vocals Jagadeesh R
Percussion B Prakash, Madhu E
Sound Design Lava Kumar
Assistant Directors Vinod Laxman Bhandari, Pratibha B G
   
Playwright                                          Mahakavi Bhasa
Music, Design and Direction              Jagadeesh R

 

Contacts

Jagadeesh R

Director, Sri Shivakumara Rangaprayoga Shale

Sanehalli – 577515, Karnataka

M: +91 8199243772, 9743095604

E: janichik@gmail.com