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Mayurbhanji Chhau Performative Lecture by Padma Shri Ileana Citaristi

Sat, 2 Nov 2019 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Chhau Performative Lecture

WHEN: Nov, 2nd, 2019 | 7.00 PM 8.00 PM

The Mayurbhanji Chhau style lends itself to innovation and experimentation without losing its inherent characteristic and dynamism. The eloquence of the style lies in a form of expression which utilises the entire body as a vehicle for conveying emotions and characterizations.

Both the traditional and the extension of it into different territories will be illustrated during the Lecture Demonstration through two presentations; the first item, Shiva Tandava, intends to show the style as it is adopted in the context of a traditional theme and the second, Echo and Narcissus, how the style moulds itself to suit a different subject and music, in this case, a Greek myth. The practical demonstration in between will illustrate the transition from the one to the other.

A short documentary shot during the Chaitra Parva rituals in Baripada intends to give an idea of the ambience where Chhau originated and it is performed.

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Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices 4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, #37 Lal Bagh Road (On the left side, before Lal Bagh Passport Office) Bangalore 560027 Bangalore India 560027
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We all are half done, we all are incomplete. Mohan Rakesh's Aadhe Adhure is what true theatre is. It is pure drama written with a very nuanced and methodical understandings of human psyche. It repeatedly draws often the theme of our expectations and reality. Are we happy with what we have? Can we ever be happy? What is happiness?

In Aadhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh takes an ordinary family where the family relationships are already crumbling. The wife is the only earning member in a family of 5, the husband has lost all his self-confidence. The elder daughter eloped and married but is still struggling to find happiness, her younger brother has reached of age but yet to find a job and the youngest teenager has coming of age problems coupled with a need to get attention. The wife is tired of taking care of everyone and has her own desires and ambitions.

Rakesh wastes no time in setting up the tension, but he never lets go off it. This is a story where everyone is at fault and yet no-one is. Rakesh unfolds the story brilliantly and his command over his audience is splendid.

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Aadhe Adhure is a must watch play. You can take your parents to this one and it will be a discussion point for the way back home.

- by Arvind for TOYO(Theatre on your own) organized by Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices .

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