The play is introduced in English by Gayathri Govind who essays the titular character
When efficiency areas closed through the lockdown, digital mediums turned the stage for a number of artistes throughout the globe. Theatre additionally went on-line, with productions being streamed reside or uploaded after recording. Kalanilayam, a theatre group that made a mark with its lavish and mass productions, too has gone for a change of scene.
On Saturday (August 1), it presents a reside streaming of its manufacturing, Hidimbi, on the Fb web page of the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), Excessive Fee of India, Colombo.
“Titled Hidimbi – An Arrow From The Previous, that is an English model of the unique work in Malayalam. The 2-hour manufacturing has been trimmed to 45 minutes,” says Anandapadmanabhan, son of Krishnan Nair, founding father of Kalanilayam.
Gayathri Govind, daughter of Anandapadmanabhan, essays Hidimbi, which she did within the authentic as properly from 2015 to 2018. The play, a monologue, strikes by means of the mindscape of Hidimbi, a less-discussed character from the Mahabharata. A demoness, she will get married to Bhima, one of many Pandavas. However, finally, she not solely loses her love but in addition her brother, Hidumba, and her son, Ghatotkacha.
Conserving it easy
Hidimbi, initially scripted and directed by Gireesh C Palam, premièred in 2014. “It was a large manufacturing with multimedia projection and 3D results. The net model gained’t have any of that. Apart from a background rating, there wouldn’t be any props or set. I don’t have the costume with me and I will likely be in a daily get-up,” says Gayathri, a educated classical dancer and assistant professor in Pc Science at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore.
“I used to be approached by the cultural centre to stage a Mohiniyattam efficiency. It was my suggestion to do the play. Since non-Malayalis will even be watching it, I translated it into English,” provides the artiste.
Calling it “an experiment”, Gayathri says that adapting the artwork to on-line platforms in the meanwhile is a viable possibility for theatre artistes. “Whereas cinema has an viewers on OTT platforms, we are able to’t count on that to occur for theatre. It’s an try and show that nothing is not possible. I’m nervous as a result of I’m not positive whether or not I might be capable to do justice to the nuances of the character once I do it in English,” says Gayathri, who made her début in theatre with the character.
The play begins with Hidimbi looking for Ghatotkacha’s useless physique within the battlefield of Kurukshetra. She then goes down reminiscence lane, remembering her romance with Bhima, their marriage, her brother’s loss of life and the way Bhima left her on her personal within the forest when she was pregnant.
“This an try and hold theatre artistes motivated as most of them are disheartened having stayed away from the stage for 4 months now,” says Anandapadmanabhan.
Gayathri will likely be going reside from a corridor at Hosur the place she at present stays. The play will likely be streamed on the web page https://www.facebook.com/ICCRSriLanka on August 1 from 5.30 pm.