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MALI

Playwrights: Nikhildas Puranattukara & Sagar Sathyan
Director: Nikhildas Puranattukara
Group: Punchami Theatres, Thrissur
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

 

The Play

Mali is based on the folk culture of Kerala, as told through the songs and tale of the hero and the imaginary god Ayyappan. It begins with the description of a girl named Mali, and Chappan, a fighter who grew up in the jungle to defeat the hiding forces called Maravippada. Chappan learns the tactics and expertise from Vithari Mooppan and fights against Maravippada. He goes to meet his beloved Mali, but Mali asks him to come later since she is menstruating and therefore prohibited to meet anyone. Chappan is upset about this discrimination and tells her that now he will return for her only when the society gives up all such beliefs. Mali awaits his arrival, and when he doesn’t return, breaks away from all social taboos and restrictions and leaves home to enter the forest to find her love.

 

Director’s Note

The play begins with the resistance of people towards outside forces. A number of contemporary questions have been dealt with in this play, especially the ones dealing with discrimination. Why can’t a warrior have a spiritual quest? Is the reason to create superstitions and customs a deliberate attempt to keep them subdued and at a distance? The play is based on folk tales and folk songs heard from the dalits of Sabarimala Sasthav, popular in Kerala. Live music related to Ayyappan is incorporated into the play.

 

The Director & Playwright

Nikhildas Puranattukara has received the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award for Best Director and Writer in 2019 for the play Mali. His children’s plays have won accolades at the Kerala state youth festival during the last three years. Nikhildas has staged plays at national and international platforms like National School of Drama Theatre Festival, International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Rangayan Festival, Cuttack National Theatre Festival etc. He has adapted renowned writer Uroob’s celebrated work Neelakuyil into a play. He was the director of Lavettam theatre camp in Perth, Australia; and Kalithattu theatre camp in Bombay. He is associated with Thrissur based theatre group Rangachetana and his own theatre group Punchami theatres. Some of his popular productions are Marathalayan, Manabave, Kunnukalkkumappuram, Palaharapanthayam, Markkadapuranam etc.

 

The Co-Playwright

Sagar Sathyan has been active in cinema and theatre for the past few years and has made remarkable contributions to both. He has been a part of Rangachetana, a well-known theatre group in Thrissur, and has written four plays directed by Nikhildas Puranattukara. Sagar has also written the script of a Malayalam feature film Ladoo which was released last year.

 

The Group

Punchami Theatres is a group of young people who have been studying drama and are engaged in theatre activities. Everyone in the group finds time for theatrical work while practicing his/her routine work. Mali is the first theatre project of Panchami Theatres. It won the Best Play award at the Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy’s amateur drama competition, and also the Best Actress, Best Director and Best Writing awards. A number of colleges of Kerala participate in theatre activities under the banner of Panchami Theatres. The centre of the group is in Adat, a village in Thrissur district of Kerala.

 

Cast & Credits

Mali Athira
Karuthi Anusha Bahuleyan
Mahishi Mekha Manoj
Chappan Anand
Vithari Mooppan Sathyajith
Kandan Ramkumar
Kormi Akhilesh Paliyan
Rajavu Ramadas
Vendoran Sajith Alukkal
Villan Appu K.G
Kadutha Athul
Mallan Kiran
Karuppan Abhishek
Moothoru Henson
Kappatharu Josprakash
Vaidhyar Vishnu
Padayali Ramesh Ramakrishnan
   
Light Dhaneshkumar
Art Shinoj Asokan
Co-ordinator Mejo
Music Midhun Malayalam
Instruments Manikandan
Make-up Francis Chirayath
Costumes Anjali Raman, Leela Sathyan
Light Assistant Gokul
Art Assistant Mornima Dhanesh
Assistant Director Nijildas
   
   
Playwrights                 Nikhildas Puranattukara, Sagar Sathyan
Director                      Nikhildas Puranattukara

 Contacts

Punchami Theatres

Adat, P.O Thrissur, Kerala 680551

M: +91 9745260825, 9946302016

E: punchamitheaters@gmail.com

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BOLIVIAN STARS

Playwright: P V Shajikumar
Director: Arun Lal
Group: Little Earth School of Theatre, Palakkad
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

 

The Play

The Bolivian Stars are losers in life, and also in the matches of football. ‘The Sevens’ always get defeated. The characters in the play are seven misplaced footballers pushed into the wasteland of life. They convey seven different themes. The team has a black, a white, a handicapped, a migrator, a male, a female and a transgender. They learn the lessons of protest and survival. They use them in the playground as if they are in a battlefield. Each character has its own individuality.

 

Director’s Note

The play is set in a football ground with one goal post. In our production performance of actors is given more importance with minimal use of stage properties. The energy and quick movements of young actors render a new vitality to this unique football match. Change in locale and time are shown through the alteration of stage properties. Each scene is related with football match in one way or the other. Audience experiences a play and a football match simultaneously. In the background of a football match, the play also shows us the marginalised life of 7 characters, and at the same time also reminds us about those geniuses who got a new life because of football.

The seven players are staring at an identity crisis. And for them, winning the game is all about winning against the many challenges the society is throwing at them. A plethora of issues the society is grappling with is discussed in the play.

 

The Director

Arun Lal is an actor, director and theatre trainer. He has been working in the field of theatre arts for last 20 years. He has acted in more than 30 plays and directed more than 25 plays including children’s plays. He has trained under various theatre directors. As an actor and director, he has exhibited his abilities in different theatre festivals all over the country. These include BRM, NSD Theatre Festival, New Delhi; Jashne Bachpan, NSD; ITFOK IAPAR International Festival, Pune; Rangayan Fest, Mysore, PRD Theatre Festival, Bratyajon, Kolkata, AIR Theatre Festival etc. He is working with different theatre groups in Kerala. He is a recipient of many awards for his excellence in theatre. He is the artistic director of Little Earth School of Theatre, Kerala.

 

The Playwright

P V Shajikumar is a well-known writer in Malayalam literature. His famous books are Janam, Vellarippadam, Kidaparasamaram, Ullal, GLPUschool Keekakmgot, Kalichampothiyilekku Oru Halfticket and Itha Innu Muthal Itha Innale Vare. He has won several national and international awards.

 

The Group

Little Earth School of Theatre, Kerala has been conducting theatre activities for the last 20 years. Over the years the group has produced more than 20 plays and given more than 600 stage performances in several theatre festivals all over India. It has won two awards in META Festivals. The play Chillara Samaram was awarded the best play and best director by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy in 2015. The group organizes children’s camps and other cultural as well as theatre festivals occasionally, and aims at the educational and cultural development of children and society through theatre.

 

Cast & Credits

Team Captain Suresh
Maradona Jishnu
Balan Akhil
Sainudheen Mohith
Sanjuttan Sanjay Sankar
Hikmath Abdul Majeed
Babykkuttan Savithri
Maradona’s Guardian Aneesh Sankar
Captain’s Father Sarath Kumar
Toddy Worker/Velichappad Sudev
Captain’s Mother/  
Babykkuttan’s Mother Amrutha
Contractor Vipin Das
Broker Anas
Music Design & Operation Sonu
Light Design & Operation Sajas Rahman
Costume & Technical Support Vishnu, M P Rajesh
Playwright                              P V Shajikumar
Director                                  Arun Lal

 

Contacts

Little Earth School of Theatre

C/o Arun Lal, Nikunjan House,

Peringode (P.O.), Palakkad (Distt.) 679533

M: +91 9846550963

E: littleearththeatre@gmail.com

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BHASKARA PATTELARUM THOMMIYUDEY JEEVITHAVUM

Playwright & Director: Suveeran
Group: Back Stage Kozhikode, Kerala
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

 

The Play

Bhaskara Pattelarum Thommiyudey Jeevithavum is a play based on the novella titled Bhaskara Pattelarum Entey Jeevithavum written by famous Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia. Thommy, a Christian migrant labourer from Kerala is an obedient slave of his aggressive, tyrannical landlord Bhaskara Pattelar. Thommy obeys all the orders of his master, whether it is to make his own wife sexually available to his master or in killing Pattelar’s kindly wife, Saroja. When Pattelar escapes to a jungle, due to his own deeds, Thommy escorts him like a pet. But when Pattelar is killed Thommy exults in freedom.

 

Director’s Note

Bhaskara Pattelar and My Life (Bahaskara Patterlaum Ente Jeevithavum), a play inspired by Zacharia sir’s novella, was first devised and directed by me in 1996. When UAE based Theatre Dubai asked if I could recreate it for the 2018-2019 KSC Bharath Murali Drama Fest, I enthusiastically agreed. Although every detail of what I did back in 1996 was clear in my mind, when I started to recreate the play, nothing seemed to work. So when things came to a grinding halt I went back to the original source – the novella – and started reworking from scratch to create the version it is today. My block was the result of being adamant about sticking to the 1996 version I had created. Bhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum allows infinite scope for evolution and contemporary interpretation. Thank you Zacharia sir for this timeless masterpiece.

 

The Director & Playwright

Suveeran a native of Azhiyur, Kozhikode is a Best feature film National awardee for Byari (2011), after completing his course at the School of Drama, Calicut University, Trichur and the School of Performing Arts, Pondicherry, though he was expelled from the National School of Drama, Delhi in his final year. Suveeran started his career as a director in amateur Malayalam drama and received recognition with his plays Agniyum Varshavum and Udambadokkolam. Recognized as an actordirector and painter, he has to his credit thirty plays and four short films which have received many awards. He also has published articles in leading periodicals in Kerala, many short stories and a novella. He has translated three plays Yerma, Island and Crime Passional to Malayalam. He has received the Sangeet Nataka Akademi award many times and many other awards like; National Film Award, India; SAARC Best Feature Film Award; and Theatre Award. He also got nominations in Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award.

The Group

Back Stage Kozhikode was formed in 1990 at Vatakara and the first play performed by the group was G. Sankarapillai’s Bharathavaakyam. The play was a sensational hit and was staged all around Kerala. It won numerous awards and encouraged the group to produce successful plays in the coming years.

The group regularly performs in the cities of kerala under the direction of Mr. Suveeran.

 

Cast & Credits

Bhaskarapattelar O T Shajahan
Thommi Maniknada Rajan
Omana Sherinsaif
Sarojakka Mini Alphonsa
Kuttaparayi Raghuram
Yusuppicha Shinilvatakara
Marumakan Sanjumadavan
Somebody Sandeep Memunda
Somebody’s Wife Riya Pravin
Goudathi Riya Jaleel
Varky Surendran
Others Kanakaraj Mayyannur, Ismail Kadathand, Bharathan Kavil, Dasan M K,
Vijayan Kuttoth
   
Songs Sivadas Purameri
Composed Prasanth, Adesh Ipta
Recorded Roy (Asian Studio)
Executed Viju Joseph
Set Surendran
Art Rajeev Charm
Light Saneesh Kd
Costume Amritha Suveeran
Make-up Shaneesh
Property Ismail Kadathand
Stage Manager Shinil Vatakara
Story                       Paul Zacharia
Direction                 Suveeran

 

 

Contacts

Director, Back Stage Kozhikode

Memunda Madam, Vatakara, Kerala- 673103

M: +91 9744445024

E: shajahan@skillhand.com

skillhandadv@gmail.com

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ADAYALAM

Playwright: Samkutty Pattomkary
Director: T. Suresh Babu
Group: Natakagramam Kozhikode, Kerala
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 1 hr 50 mins

 

 

The Play

Adayalam is a play based on the rape case of Bhanwari Devi. Bhanwari Devi had been employed as a ‘saathin’ for the Womens’ Development Project, run by the Rajasthan government, for two hundred rupees a month as salary. She was brutally raped by Gujjars in front of her husband. Bhanwari, along with her injured husband, decided to file an FIR at the Bassi police station, but the policemen rejected their plea and asked for a medical certificate. The couple went for the medical certificate to many hospitals in Jaipur. The government doctor asked for the magistrate’s order as a prerequisite for the medical certificate. One of the doctors even tried to rape her. After 52 hours they submit the certificate in the police station, only to be asked by the police to bring her clothes as a proof. Finally, the case reached the court and was dismissed on the grounds that upper cast men cannot rape low cast women. The judgment also questioned how her husband could be a mute spectator to his wife’s rape.

 

Director’s Note

The incident happened on 22nd September 1992, and she has been fighting for justice ever since. Bhanwari Devi, a Dalit by cast, became an icon of the women’s movement when she decided to go public and fight her case following a gang rape by five upper caste Gujjar men, after her attempt to stop a nine-month old girl-child’s marriage in her village of Bhateri located 45 km south of Jaipur. Potters by profession, she and her husband have been socially boycotted after the unfortunate turn of events.

This case led to the famous verdict on women’s security at work-place. The question raised by the play is “Is justice in our country in safe hands?”

 

The Director

  1. Sureshbabu is a dedicated artist who works with the ordinary village people of Kerala and tries to empower them using theatre as a tool. He completed his degree from Arts and Science College, Kozhikode. He works as a director, scenic designer, actor and light designer in the field of drama. He is the present director of Natakagramam Kozhikode, a well-known theatre group of Kerala. He has received recognition for his work in the form of three Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Awards, Natya Bushan Puraskaram, Thalassery Shyama Award, Balan K Nair Award, Bankmens Club Award, and V.T Smaraka Award. He has directed more than 100 plays in various languages. Some of his known directorial works are House of Bernard Alba, Shadow of Glen, Riders to the Sea, Arthamanartham, Perumkollan, Nayattu, Maniyara, Soap Cheap Kannadi, Suganidrakalilekk, Swapnavetta, Kozhikkariya, Orugandhavicharam and Adayalam.

 

The Playwright

Dr. Samkutty Pattomkary is a playwright, freelance director, designer and technical trainer in the field of theatre. Formerly, he was an executive member of the Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy, Government of Kerala. He has designed more than 350 amateur / professional theatre and dance productions in Kerala.

 

The Group

Natakagramam Kozhikode is a famous theatre group of Kozhikode district, Kerala which has been active for last twenty years. It endeavours to bring together various drama artists in the villages of Kerala. The group stages its productions in the villages and conducts theatre workshops and enrichment programs all over Kerala. The group has a total of twenty five members including 11 executive members. Natakagramam is also blessed with famous artists of Kerala which includes good actors, playwrights, musicians, light designers, directors, set designers and efficient organisers. Natakagramam has exhibited more than 30 plays in Kerala.

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage                Sudhi
Vineesh P Vasu
Shyju P Olavanna
Rajesh Kakkoor
Girish Mannur
Saju Mokavoor
Kumar G Palath
Vinod Pilassery
M V Sureshbabu
R K Jayaprakash
Mirshad Salma
Mani Alampattil
Akash
Priya Sreejith
Ajitha
Prabha
Vijayamohan
Kavitha
Stage Assistant        Mohandas P M
Coordinator               Madhu M
Music            Sasi Pookkad
Technical Support                    Chanduz T
Make-up  Govind S
Scenic Design        Samkutty Pattomkary
Associate Director     Sreeshyju. K .P
   
Playwright                              Samkutty Pattomkary
Director                                  T. Suresh Babu

 

Contacts

Natakagramam Kozhikode

Nalini Nivas, West Hill (P.O.)

Kozhikode, Kerala – 673005

M: +91 9495612576

E: natakagramamkozhikode@gmail.com