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Shadow Puppetry: Pop Kathakali fusion

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Date(s) - 05/02/2014
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Alliance Française Trivandrum



Shadow – Puppetry : Pop- Kathakali fusion by Cécile Bellat on 5 February, 6.30pm at Alliance Française de Trivandrum .

Cécile Bellat has been  in‘ residence’ at Alliance française for one week and will be presenting the first step in creating her public show «People Exist ! “, a work in progress, at Alliance Française de Trivandrum , in an informal and friendly setting.
The French artist Cécile Bellat did a residency with Kathakali artists from Kerala,  Sadanam Manikandan and SadanamVijayan in initiation and practice of Kathakali. Later, she also did a training in traditional shadow puppet TholpavaKoothu( Koonathara ) with KK Ramachandran Pulavar who has been exclusively practicing this devotional art in Kerala. The residency was with the support of InstitutFrançais de Paris.
“PeopleExist!”is inspired very loosely by the tale of love between Nala and Damayanti ( Nalacharitaa derived from Mahabharata )which is  performed  very frequently in the repertoire of Kathakali . Cecile weaves the story with the unexpected close links from the traditional arts of South India and Anglo-Saxon pop songs, and form a unique fusion-art within the frame of musical-  theatrical images and dance .