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CHANDALA, IMPURE

Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Koumarane Valavane
Group: Indianostrum Théâtre, Pondicherry
Language: Tamil
Duration: 3 hrs

 

The Play

In beautiful India, where our play takes place, lives a very old demon. Sitting on his throne he feeds only on hate. He divides the world into four Varnas, “At the height of purity are the Brahmins; below them Kshatriyas, the warriors; then the Vaisyas, the merchants; and finally the Sudras, the servants. There should be a fifth category that needs to be added, of those who are totally impure to touch, the Chandalas…”An angel no bigger than a butterfly faces this eternal demon. He is Kama. The play offers the insatiable appetite of this monster with two mythical lovers, Romeo and Juliet, renaming them as Jack and Janani…

 

Director’s Note

Through our play we are trying to explore the caste system from the point of view of the contemporary Indian youth; how they are coping with this system, what are their aspirations, what are their values and how their being is affected by their place in a community, and the place of the community in our society. We also wish to visit the role of a community in an individual’s life and vice versa. The characters in this play are very much based on the documented lives of real people and situations. We also attempt to explore how our means of entertainment like cinema are affecting the ‘idea of love’ for our youth.

 

The Director

Koumarane Valavane, a Franco-Indian, left for France in his early years for his studies, and started practicing theatre at a very young age. After completing his research in Theoretical Physics he founded his own theatre company, Natya. Before returning to India in 2006, he worked for 3 years as an actor at Theatre du Soleilin Paris. With the rich experience of Contemporary Theatre gained in France, Koumarane returned home with a decision to continue exploring theatre. He met a few young people at Alliance Francaise de Madras, a small group connected by the passion to do theatre, and created Indianostrum in 2007.

 

The Playwright

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the ‘Bard of Avon’. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays,154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

 

The Group

Indianostrum Théâtre was founded by Koumarane Valavane, a French-Indian Director in the year 2007.

Indianostrum has performed at national and international festivals like Le Festivals des Francophonies en Limousin, France (September 2018), Rangashankara Theatre Festival, Bangalore (November 2018), Saarang Theatre Festival, Pune (February 2019), Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, New Delhi (March 2019), The Hindu Theatre Festival- Chennai (August 2019), Les Journées Théâtrales de Carthage- Tunisia (December 2019). It has won Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award 2019,  and Le Festivals des Francophonies en Limousin award, France 2018, and special jury award from the public of Théâtre de l’union for the year 2018-19.

 

Cast & Credits

 

On Stage Anjana Balaji, C. Santhosh Kumar, Dharanidharan U.,
David Salamon, G. Mani Bharathi, Mati Rajput, Priyadarshini Chakravarty,  Purisai Kannappa
Sambandan, Saran Jith, Vasanth Selvam (M)  
   
Scenography Savee Sathish Kumar
Scenography Assistant Manon Grandmontagne
Set Execution Joseph Bernard L.
Live Music and Singing David Salamon, Saran Jith
Costume Design Krishnapriya, K. Narendran
Light Design Jean-Christophe Goguet
Video & Multimedia Production Pascal Brazeau, NishanthVarma, Iswar Lalitha
Choreography Suresh Babu
Puppets Training K. Periyasami
Light Operator Kumar K.
Sound Operator Ruchi Raveendran
   
Executive Producer/Administration & Production/AV Projection Priti Bakalkar
Subtitles Operator KoumaraneValavane
Production Assistant Natarajan R.
   
Playwright                                                      William Shakespeare
Adaptation & Direction                                 Koumarane Valavane

 

Contacts

Director, Indianostrum Theatre

No. 7 Romain Rolland Street, Pondicherry

M: +91 (413) 2341475/ 9820403308

E: indianostrum.theatre@gmail.com

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