Marimankanni Play during 14th Bharat Rang Mahotsav organized by National School of Drama, Delhi, India
Although it's late but it's better to be late than never :) ... So here comes the last Photo Journey from Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2012. This was a Malayalam Play directed by V. Abhimanyu and Playright by M.N.Vinayakumar... Let's check out this Photo Journey with more details about this play Marimankanni...
The story of Marimankanni begins with the casual conversation of a group of youngsters who are discussing kathakali and Unnayi Warrier and who fall asleep at the end of discussion... These folks were having some dricks during the conversation and at times there were some hot arguments...
Soon the palace of Karthika Thirunal, Maharaja of Travancore and the period when Nalacharithram, one of the masterpieces of Malayalam literature, was written by Unnayi Warrier unfold before them as dreamscapes. Bhanumathi, a woman who appears as a maid in the palace, acts as Unnayi Warrier's muse. The mystic and tragic story of Bhanumathi is interspersed with illustrative examples of women who were physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally oppressed by the shackles of society...
Marimankanni is an exploration into the circumstances in which Nalacharitham was written. It depicts the historicity of the theme with a touch of fantasy, while adapting it to a contemporary mode of presentation.
Janabheri started out as a Kathakali promotion and performance group and later moved into theater. The group has organized Kathakali performances in over 500 venues. Its first theater venture was Marimakanni, based on the life and work of the legendary poet Unnai Warrier.
Marimankanni Play was staged in Kerala Kalamandalam and Ashirwad Theatre festival, Bihar. This play was also selected in International Theater Festival of Kerala (ITFoK). Janabheri has also produced an adaption of the play 'The Lover' by Harold Pinter. It's next prodcution, Yamadhoothu, an adaption of Othello.
V. Abhimanyu, Director of this play. started his theater career as a child artist in the Children's plays of Rangchetna, Trissur, Kerala. Over the years he has acted in plays directed by Sreejith Ramanan, Mohan Maharishi, Satyabrat Rout and Naushad Mohammad, in the children's films Kuttumanippookkal and Changathikkottam as well as the television serial Unniyarcha, nroadcast on asianet.
Abhimanyu is a professionally trained kathakali artist from Kerala Kalamandalam and has performed extensively; and is a short-story writer, whose collection of short stories, Vayun Alukalum was later filmed as Kuttumanippookkal. The film won an array of awards including the Kerala State Film Award and the Kerala Film Critics Awar for the Best Chidren's Film.
Abhimanyu's first directorrial production Marimakanni got selected in the international theatre festival of Kerala in 2010. He is currently doing his Master's in theatre arts from the University of Hyderabad, with a specialization in design and direction.
Lighting in this play of Bharat Rang Mahotsav was amazing...
Cast of the play includes -
Bhanumati by Sneha Sreekumar
Unnayi Wrrier by Ramkumar
Velu by Sunil Sukhada
Nambiar by Nandakishor
Rajavu by Vinod Gandhi
Unnayi by Prathapan
Raman by Ajayan
Krishnan by Sivanand
Thamburan by Muraleekrishnan
Kali by Ravikumar
Karkkodakan by Kalamandalam Pramod
Kattalan by Kalamandalam Bajiyo
Sinkidi by Kalamdalam Arun Kumar
Here is small trailer video of this play -