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Event Info

Saturday | 12 June 2021 | 07:00 PM
Online
1 Hr 30 Mins
  • Language: Kannada
  • City / State: Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Directed By: Sharanya Ramprakash
  • Produced By: Dramanon
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Akshayambara

Akshayambara is an experimental play that uses modern theatrical tools and the dance drama form of Yakshagana to create a contemporary narrative that raises questions on female representation and male ownership. 

Akshayambara is an experimental play that uses modern theatrical tools and the dance drama form of Yakshagana to create a contemporary narrative that raises questions on female representation and male ownership. A male artist in streevesha plays Draupadi while in a tradition-defying move, a woman is cast as the Pradhana Purushavesha of Kaurava. What happens to the interpretation of gender when a man plays the streevesha and the purushavesha is played by a woman? Who is the real woman and who is the real man? When tradition can accept a man as a streevesha can that same tradition accept a woman as a purushavesha?

CAST

 

Prasad Cherkady

Draupadi/Man

 

Sharanya Ramprakash

Kaurava/Woman

 

CREW

 

Sharanya Ramprakash

Playwright & Director

 

Surabhi Herur

Assistant Director

 

Guru Sanjeeva Suvarna

Choreography

 

Kruti R

Kannada Translation

 

Shubhra Nayar

Costume Design

 

Shubhra Nayar & Sridhar Prasad

Stage Design

 

Swetanshu Bora

Lighting Design

 

Guru Subramanya Prasad, Kruti R & Sharanya Ramprakash

Padya Composition

 

Pranav Manjunath

Violin

 

Sridhar Prasad & Karan Shurpalekar

Production Controllers

 

Rutwik Upadhyaula & Tarshish Thekaekara

Stage Managers

 

Rohan Singhvi

Sound

 

Naveen Chhabria, Karan Shurpalekar & Poornima Sukumar

Backstage

 

Rupesh Patange

Artwork

 

Guru Subramanya Prasad, Guru Krishnamoorthi Bhat & Rathnakar Shenoy

Himmela

After 8 years in English language theatre, I was searching for new inspiration when I met my Guru, the legendary Sanjeeva Suvarna. Training under him for the last two years has been a life changing experience. I am touched by the support that my Guru, teachers at Yakshagana Kendra and my team have lent. From translation to composition, correcting chandas to choosing ragas, in direction and choreography their generosity has been incredible. Words like choreographer, translator, assistant director fail to describe their support. They remind me deeply that art exists only because humanity enables it. I am also grateful to India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) for being an empathetic partner in this journey.