Tuesday, November 14, 2006
This is something really special. REGHU NADHAN will be giving a Kathakali dance demonstration. Reghu is over here to promote his workshops and is giving a small number of demonstrations. Here is how the whole performance is described :
"a ‘fascinating insight into the ancient dance-theatre of South India, performed only in Kerala. This is a unique opportunity to see a master practitioner perform the play POOTHANHA MOKSHAM ….which tells how the baby Krishna overpowers a fearsome demon….. echoes of Commedia del’Arte, pantomime, Punch @ Judy, Buster Keaton and grand opera..aKrishna, best-beloved of all the Hindu gods, overpowers many demons. Poothana is the first of them…. and he’s only three months old.‘You become totally involved, entranced by the whole magical process, from the demonstration of the mudras (hand language of Kathakali) to the story-telling and the transformation of the actor as he applies his make-up and ravishing costume. From the time the hypnotic drumming begins, you are drawn into that other world where gods and demons come to play."
Reghu's website is at http://www.reghunadhan.com/
The session will he held at the Catholic Church Hall, Rempston Road, Swanage starting at 7.30pm. there will be a charge of £3.50 for this event but will be a complimentary glass of wine.
This was a fantastic evening (see comments). Here is a picture that Richard Jefferey took despite the rather poor lighting conditions: