Ramayana Festival 2009

Pluralism and Performance : The Many Voices in Ramayana

Supported by Ford Foundation

From March 16 th to 30 th , 2009, Adishakti hosted an event around the Ramayana involving performances, discussions and reflections around these performances by experts. The focus of this festival was dramaturgical, which tried to define and explore through several interventions moderated by the interlocutor Rustom Bharucha.

Additionally, we created forums which allowed a dialogue between performers and scholars, whereby questions relating to tradition can be engaged through contemporary critical thinking.
__Veenapani Chawla


Programes conducted in the Adishakti Ramayana Festival March 2009


MARCH 16, 2009

9.30am to 11am: NEE ENGAI – Film on Shadow Puppetry by R.V. Ramani

Cinematographer and film-maker, R V Ramani, graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, specializing in motion picture photography. With more than 15 independent films to his credit, Ramani’s work has been shown at international film festivals. Retrospectives of his oeuvre have been presented at the Mumbai International Film Festival 2002, the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, and Dokument ART.

11.30am to 1pm: Q & A with R.V. Ramani — Read the Discussion


6.30pm to 8.30pm: Performance: Tholpavakoothu: Shadow Puppetry from Kerala on Ramayana(From Shoorpanakangam to Pattabhishekam)

Shadow Puppetry from Kerala, based on Ramayana. By Ramachandra Pulavar and team, Krishnan Kutty Pulavar Memorial Tholpava Koothu and puppet center, Koonathara, Shoranur, Palakkad, Kerala.


KK Rramachandra Pulavar, Vishwanatha Pulavar, Lakshmana Pulavar, K.N. Somasundaran, K. Rajeev, K.L. Ramachandran T.P. Rramachandran (chenda).


MARCH 17, 2009

9.30am to 11am: Q & A on Kerala Shadow Puppetry with Ramachandra Pulavar — Read the Discussion

11.30am to 1pm: “Shadow Puppetry as pre-cinema” by Ashish Rajadhaksha — Read the Artilcle

Ashish Rajadhyaksha has published widely on cinema and contemporary art. He is a member of the editorial collective, Journal of Arts and Ideas and a regular contributor to Framework and Sight & Sound. He is also currently coordinating the media archive at CSCS. Has taught film studies at the University of Iowa, The Korean National University of Arts, Seoul, Birkbeck College/British Film Institute, Jadavpur University, University of Bombay, and the National Film Archive of India/Film and Television Institute of India.


MARCH 18, 2009

9.30am to 11am: Presentation – Indian Shadow Puppetry by Dr. Clifford Jones — Read the Artilcle

Dr. Clifford Jones is a art historian, painter, documentary filmmaker and a former teacher in Pennsylvania University. He has made a documentary on “Shadow puppet drama in South India.” He learned Kathakali and studied extensively on the Koothambalams of Kerala.

6.30pm to 8.30pm: Performance: Shadow Puppetry from Andhra Pradesh on Ramayana (Sundarakaandam)

By Chidambara Rao & team, Chaya Nataka Bundrum, Darmavaram, Ananthapur

Puppeteers: S Venkateshwaralu , S Subadra, S Hanumandalu, Mridangam: F Mohanrao, Singer – S Anjaneyalu, Harmonium – S Maruthi, Thalam – S Chnnavenkatamma


MARCH 19, 2009

9.30am to 11am: Q & A on Andhra Puppetry show with Mr. Chidambara Rao — Read the Discussion

11.30am to 1pm: “Animation & Shadow Puppetry” Presentation by Vishal Kumar Dar — Read the Article

Vishal K Dar is an artist/designer who uses digital animation software, prototyping technology and new media to produce archi-sculptures and art installations. His name features in CGI, a book on computer generated imagery as the art of the 21st century. Mentored by architect/designer Greg Lynn, his art explores ‘digital ornamentation’ as the core theme. He was the first Indian to be enrolled in the New Media graduate program at UCLA. He designed and curated Delhi’s first interactive art show for the Media Gallery. Last year he initiated a workshop program at the National School of Drama, which deals with new media in performance art and theatre. Having taught at UCLA, lectured at IIT, presented his work at international venues, Vishal now resides and works out of his studio in Delhi.

6.30pm to 8.30pm: Performance: Ravan Chaaya (Orissa shadow puppetry)

By Khageshwar Sahu & team, Ravan Chaya Natya Sansad, Odash, Angul, Orissa


MARCH 20, 2009

9.30am to 11am: Q & A on Ravan Chaya with Khageshwar Sahu — Read the Discussion

6pm to 9pm: Performance: Therukoothu from Ramayana

By Mr.Shanmugam & team, Arulmigu Sri Iyyappan Nataka Mandram, Kancheepuram

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