Classical theater forms, like Kathakali, is about imaginative recreation. The author of the play usually starts with a well known narrative, mostly from Ramayana or Mahabharatha. It is only in terms of subtle emphasis and minor variations in the plot that the the stage adaptation then follows a highly structured form and syntax to deliver this narrative. What then attracts the connoisseur to be engrossed in a performance again and again? Once novelty as an attraction is precluded from the stage, nuances, improvisations and rediscovery are all that remains – for the performer and the connoisseur. Both Kathakali and Koodiyattam shoulder this responsibility admirably. While negotiating this challenge, Kathakali manages to enthrall the lay audience as well with its enchanting music and overall liveliness. Koodiyattam with its more sophisticated approach has been content with a far smaller core group of followers.
For the 14th edition of IKKF, we have selected five plays that traces the illustrious development of Kathakali from 17th to 19th century. The plays depict how across these three centuries the art form developed as a consummate theatre.
Thursday December 1, 2022 – 12.30 pm : Karnasapatham (with Duryodhanavadham)
Friday December 2, 2022 – 11.30 am : Nalacharitham Onnam Divasam
Friday December 2, 2022 – 4.00 pm : Keechakavadham
Saturday December 3, 2022 – 9.30 am : Kalyanasougandhikam
Saturday December 3, 2022 – 2.00 pm : Narakasuravadham