On the outskirts of Pondicherry, stands a performing arts company engaged in creating performances, researching genres and disciplines and creating processes and performance methodologies. Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts & Research is a unit that comprises writers, directors, actors, musicians, dancers, and performers of various art forms. Adishakti sets itself apart from several other theatre groups through its vigorous commitment to research of traditional knowledge to create contemporary hybrid aesthetic and performance language.
On the occasion of Adishakti’s founder – Veenapani Chawla’s birth anniversary (5th April), their team has put together a month-long festival of performances at Adishakti. We’re happy to partners with this festival as an attempt to celebrate a wonderful mix of cultures from different parts of the country. We are also offering specially packaged Cultural day-trips from Pondicherry in collaboration with Adishakti.
Explore the nuances of Auroville through our ‘Auroville Impressions‘, discover the secrets of Pondicherry through our ‘Heritage Walks‘ or indulge your taste-buds with a ‘Collective Cooking Session’, before setting off for a magical evening at Adishakti.
Please see the schedule below for details of the festival:
SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 7 p.m.
Original compositions performed by jazz singer Kirtana Krishna.
SUN MERE BANDHU RE
The Musical World of SD Burman
SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 8 p.m.
A forty-five-minute multimedia presentation that includes a recorded reading of excerpts from the book by Ameen Sayani, the noted radio person, and a narration of stories by author Sathya Saran from the composer’s life, and film clips.
RAJA SUYA YAGAM
SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 9:30 p.m.
Arulmigu Sri Iyyappan Nataka Mandram presents a double bill: Raja Sooya Yagam (Therukoothu) followed by Pragaladhan Sarithram (Folk Drama).
THE DRAGON PLAY
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 7 p.m.
The Drama School, Mumbai presents Evgeny Shvartz’s The Dragon Bahar daanav dus ya sau, bheeter mare toh phoote pau! In a new Hindi translation by Harsh Khurana Directed by Tushar Pandey (National School of Drama, and London International School for Performing Arts) Produced by Theatre Professionals Supported by Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh
GROOVE TO TRASH
SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 7 p.m.
Thaalavattam collaborating with RA’UF presents Groove to Trash, a musical concert. The main vision of project “ Thaalavattam” (A percussion based project) is to create music using innovative instruments made from waste plastic and metal (reduce. reuse and recycle). Thaalavattam aims to clean up the plastic waste that is plaguing India, through music. This is a percussion-based project by Montry Manuel, which uses instruments created from waste plastic and metal with the aim to inspire people to think creatively about waste. His instruments are mainly created from reused paint cans, soda cans, PVC pipes etc. mimicking the street drummers.
UNDER THE MANGOSTEEN TREE
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 7 p.m. AND SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 7 p.m.
Stories of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer – A Play in English (with a little Malayalam)
Directed by Rajiv Krishnan ‘Under the Mangosteen Tree – Stories of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’ is an adventurous mix of seven stories by the great Malayalam writer Basheer, all very different, but with a common vein of love, humour and pathos running through them. A connecting link in this heady concoction is the character of Basheer himself, who plays narrator, participant and witness in turn. These stories are blended together in a non-linear yet seamless narrative that reveals the extraordinary range of Basheer’s writing and experiences.
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