Category Archives: Performing Arts
In The Tenth Head, Adishakti presents an old story ten heads of Ravana the king of Lanka whereby they become a metaphor for the tension that exists between the individual and the collective. In the play, nine of ten heads of Ravana are a company who are quite happy o conform to a common way of seeing things. Their individuality is limited to each representing one of the nine emotions/ bhavas, from the traditional Indian aesthetic. The tenth however is the odd man out. He does not fir in graphically or psychologically with the other nine head
On the 24th of May Auroville Art Service, Intach and the Tourist Department Pondicherry created an open space for artists on the Gandhi Tidal of Pondicherry. The plaza became a cozy place where old and young, from Pondicherry and further away, could enjoy Western and Indian music. The organizers want to create new creative bridges between Pondicherry and Auroville, stimulating artists to bring out new ideas and bringing people together.
Last Friday, there was a peaceful multicultural art sharing with Anandi at Unity Pavilion. Poems were told through sounds and movements with music, and mime artists and lovers told stories in various ways. Nadaprem and Aurelio led a beautiful musical meditation, using a mix of soft Western-Indian harmonies. Joska took us on a trip back to medieval times, generously sharing, with his guitalele, his love of the era. Drupad joined to tell a poem through mime and poetry lovers read poetry in Tamil, Spanish, and English. We hope to see you all, as we meet again on Saturday March 1st!
The "Fair Extraordinaire" was concluded with Amrit's Rock'n'Roll Band. With some delays, the fair came to a successful end with solid rock'n'roll and interesting lyrics. All those who had been waiting rather patiently into the late hours of the night were thrilled and compelled to join the band in dancing in front of the stage.
Trovadores yesterday at Unity Pavilion in International Zone joined the World Poetry Movement for 1000 years of Peace. Although due to summer months the event was not highly attended the atmosphere prevailing was of peace. Couple of Jivatman songs sung along brought life into the topic which is devastating still in many corners of our planet. Trovadores will continue with their regular poetry reading, and singing meeting every last Friday in the month.
On the 10th of May, we had the pleasure to see the performance Shaandh (the bull) in Adishakti. The play is a Bengali adaptation of Anton Chekhovs The Bear, made by Debaranjan Chatterjee, with actors Gautam Mitra, Sunayana Panda and Subir Chakroborty. A landowning little widow locked herself in the house, mourning her husband that passed away. Her footman begged her to stop mourning and get outside again. She ignores him and wants to be faithful to her husband, even though he cheated on her and disrespected her.
A poetic satir, romantic comedy drama by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux, written in 1943 was put on stage of Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone by Ellen. Excellent acting is done by Afsaneh, Anandamayi, Charu, Daniel, Dodo, Elke, Emanuele, Francois, Ingo, Jeff, Lyle, Mirco, Paul, Samvit, Simone, Veronique, Yuval with Guests: Asia, Tejas, Kalou under Trinity coaching. Costumes made by Agnes, Jean on lights, and Julia and Swaha for make up.
In a play based on the epic Ramayana, Ravana kidnaps Sita, the wife of Rama, and so Hanuman comes to help find Sita in Lanka, surrounded by the Ocean. The drama was shown in a different, shorter version for the audience to see' the battle between Rama and Ravana. In the battle Indrajits, son of Ravanan, kills Lakshmana, brother of Rama, and other soldiers. During the war Hanuman goes to carry the mountain of Sanjivi, full of medicinal plants which will bring death back to life.