Reviews The Rakt Kalyan theme has relevance today

Abhivyakti in its second edition this year, alongside giving space, both in the literal and figurative sense, to upcoming local talent, invited Rakt Kalyan, Girish Karnad’s famous Kannada play Tale Danda (1989), also translated by him into English as Death by Beheading. Rakt Kalyan, in Ram Gopal Bajaj’s translation, is directed by Sunil Shanbag with students of Drama School Mumbai as actors. It was very appreciatively greeted by nearly a full house, which included a few theatre persons and spectators not necessarily spotted at local theatre events, at the renovated Dinesh Hall on 5th May. The viewers had an opportunity here to understand theatre as something more than popular entertainment. This play gets viewers to see an important caste-related social issue in historical and cultural perspectives. Basavanna, the central character in the play is an important historical person (1105-1168) in the Bhakti movement of our cultural history with an honourable place in the galaxy of saint poets like Kabir, Nanak and Namdev, all belonging to the ‘lowest’ class in the social hierarchy, who with a low profile challenged orthodoxy and attempted radical reforms. Basavana, a towering figure among poets, philosophers and mystics of his time, is a minister in the… A show ends and a show begins: The Lucky 13 and Vaishali Panchal

While this continuity for the shows is a given in Ahmedabad, what is remarkable to record alongside is that the haunting memories and love for the alma mater and batch-mates can be the driver for not only reunions full of fun-frolic and masti, but it can also be the cause of constructive tributes and projects… Pythagoras addresses an educational problem in a refreshing style

Pythagoras, which was staged on Sunday as the concluding performance of over a two-week long ‘summer festival’ of arts in Ahmedabad Abhivyakti Edition Two to a nearly packed Dinesh Hall despite distractions in a refreshing style is reassuringly indicative of the daring turn Gujarati theater of late has been taking. The play has an original…

  • Confluence : a meeting of Indian classical dance & music

    A trained vocal artist, CY contributor Meera Desai shares her experience as she goes on a musical journey with ‘Confluence’.  The brainchild of tabla player Sapan Anjaria, ‘Confluence’ put together a meeting of kathak, Hindustani classical and Carnatic classical music. Accompanying him were Aniket Khandekar (vocals), Anuj Anjaria (santoor), Rakesh Wani (dholak), Dinesh Kumar (mridangam) and Vanraj Shastri (sarangi). The first edition of which was organised on May 2. While the second edition will be performed on May 19 (Sunday). The beats of the tabla and dholak traded with each other in a fast-paced jugalbandi. Their hands were fluttering on their respective drums as if it was no effort at all, but the sound emitted proved otherwise. Impossibly fast, impossibly accurate, and impossibly confident. When they stopped, I looked at…


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Let’s know Shubigi Rao, who has recently been selected as the curator for the 2020 Kochi Muziris Biennale, for her “exceptional acumen and inventive sensibilities” The format of the art biennale to showcase contemporary visual art, across the world is modeled on… The call of the mountains: orthopaedic Dr Yatin Desai’s advice on trekking

In this piece 64 year old Dr Yatin Desai, shares with CY his inspiring story of how to scale towering mountains with utmost ease and how this life adventure activity can shape human character and health. Chances are high that…