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Remembering Veenapani: Month-long festival at Adishakti concludes

Remembering Veenapani:
Month-long festival at Adishakti concludes


 

 

“For theatre artists in India, Adishakti near Auroville has served as a springboard of ideas, a place to strengthen their technique and craft. The theatre group’s Source of Performance Energy workshops for actors has honed participants in a performance methodology developed by Adishakti which focuses on the ‘physical, vocal and psychological expression’ of an actor through exercises in breath, emotion, rhythm, centres and voice. On the other hand, the Master Classes have given theatre practitioners an opportunity to connect with exponents in scriptwriting, cinematography, lights, costume and other fields.

The festival held in association with travel company The Blue Yonder featured a diversity of performances, which included a Bharatanatyam performance by Ashwini Pawar Karthikeyan, a multimedia presentation by author Sathya Saran on SD Burman, a jazz concert by Kirtana Krishna, Therukoothu and folk drama by Arulmigu Sri Iyyappan Nataka Mandram, Evgeny Shvartz’s The Dragon by Mumbai-based The Drama School, Under The Mangosteen Tree by Chennai-based Perch, and music concerts by Bengaluru-based Thaalavattam and Thrissur-based Oorali.” writes Annie Phillip for The Hindu

“We will continue to partner with Adi Shakt Theatre for similiar initiatives in the future as well. Such experiences will add more meaningful experiences to a destination like Pondicherry”, said Gopinath Parayil, Founder of The Blue Yonder.

“For me these performances at Adishakti Theatre and the other done in Auroville in recent weeks have filled a hole in my life – to be able to go out for quality performances. I’ve always been a supporter of live acts music (even opera), comedy, theatre and dance wherever I’ve lived given the opportunity. Recent weeks reminded me how much I was missing this aspect.” Said Nick Klotz an Aurovillian.

 

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