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Pasalai (A Tamil performance - compiling 5 poetries)
In collaboration with கவிமாலை சிங்கப்பூர் - Kavimaalai Singapore, we have created a dramatic presentation of a collection of 5 Tamil poems from across time, exploring the themes of longing and love. The performance was as a part of the Tamil Language Festival- 2021. Design and Direction - V Balakrishnan Performers - Preethi Bharadwaj, Karthik Gowrishankar, Vishwa Bharath, Aparna Kumar and Meera Sitaraman Production - Shakthi Opening Music Score - Srivaralaxmi Maya Cinematography - Sivanesan Editing - HariHaran Venue - Alliance Francaise of Madras
Theatre Nisha - 2020 - The year that was
Theatre Nisha has been extremely fortunate to continue working through the pandemic. This would certainly not have been possible without the love and support of all the people who were a part of this communion with us. A Happiest New Year to all. Wish you health, happiness and peace.
Arm Guards in the Mahabharata
All images used are from Wikipedia Commons (Labelled for Reuse). I did come across one word "Talatra" which the dictionary translates as a leather fence to be worn on the left arm , but its not mentioned with the same frequency that the finger guards and gloves are mentioned, for a left arm protector specifically means a Mediterranean draw by a right handed archer .. whether the word meant only something to be worn on the left hand gripping the bow, or an arm guard is nebulous .
When Krishna Shot the Eye of the Fish
Within the same version of the Bhagwatam, we find subtle differences in the story- e.g. whether it was oil or water, but what is for sure available from the Mahabharata and Bhagwatam is that Arjuna did not look at a reflection and Krishna did. We even have some sculptures in Karnataka, which show Arjuna using the reflection to hit the mark. What is intriguing is when did the stories get mingled...
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