28 January at 18:00 – 30 January at 22:30
6 pm, Friday 28th January 2011
Purappad and Rukmini Swayamvaram
Aswathi Tirunal actually wrote a Sanskrit Drama called Rukmini Swayamwaram. Later he wrote this kathakali in malayalam for the benefit of a larger audience.
Purappad is the characteristic entry in the performance of Nangiarkoothu, the ancient female solo dance of Kerala.
6 pm, Saturday 29th January 2011
Santhanagopalam and Subhadraharanam
This is an immensely popular story in kathakali, and illustrates how a boon becomes a bane, the shattered ego of a self-centered do-gooder, Arjuna, limping in the darkness of his own making.
This story occurs in Mahabharatha after the war and the Ashwamedha yaga conducted by Yudhishtira were over. Once Arjuna comes to visit his friend and guide, Krishna. Krishna asks Arjuna to stay with him for some time. One day a brahmin comes to the Yadava assembly carrying a corpse of a newborn baby. He says that this is the nineth dead baby his wife has delivered. All the previous eight babies were also born dead. Such a thing can happen only in a country which has raja dosha(sin of a ruler).
Subhadraharanam , a popular Kathakali play. The characters on stage are Lord Krishna and Balabhadra. Ashtakalasam comprises of eight dance types in Kathakali performed to express the enormous joy of a character
6 pm, Sunday 30th January 2011
Lavanasuravadham and Kiratham
Lavanasuravadham , a Kathakali play. Characters on stage are Hanuman and Lord Ramas sons Lava and Kusha. Hanuman is the monkey chieftain of Lord Rama
This story from Mahbharatha can be staged as a short or a long play a per convenience.
During their Vanavasa, Yudhishtira sends Arjuna to do tapas to Lord Shiva for the purpose of acquiring Pasupata Astra, a powerful weapon required in case of war with the Kauravas. The story starts with Arjuna’s journey to the north and he comes to a place by the Himalayas where many rishis are doing tapas.
The artistes performing for our 20th Anniversary Program are – Kalamandalam
Balasubramanian, Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan, Tara Varma, Kalamandalam
Manoj Kumar, Kalamandalam Sajan, Kalamandalam Sucheendran and
Bright High School & College
Opp Usha nagar, Village Road, Bhandup (W)
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Sopanam is a non-profit cultural organisation devoted to promoting the classical music and art forms of Kerala, especially Kathakali.
The organisation is run by a few art lovers who are passionate about preserving the rich tradition of Kerala’s art forms.
Over the years, Sopanam has presented several Kathakali performances as well as other art forms like Mohiniattam, Ottamthullal, Koodiyattam and musical programmes.
These programmes are free and open to all art aficionados in Mumbai and Kozhikode