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Kapila Venu (Irinjalakuda, India)
performance, workshop, lecture-demonstration, conversation
9 to 11 March 2018

Friday, 9 March
Lecture-demonstration on Kutiyattam
Anita Banerjee hall, Jadavpur University (map)
Friday, 9 March
Conversation with Daminee Benny Basu
Gem Cinema (map)
Saturday, 10 March
(hosted in partnership with Anantara)
Gem Cinema (map)
Sunday, 11 March
Workshop with Kapila Venu *
Ranan Workspace (map)
10am to 12 noon
Sunday, 11 March
Gem Cinema (map)

Passes for performances will go on sale in mid-February
* by prior registration / invitation only
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An elaboration of the first verse from Adi Sankara’s hymnal poem, Saundaryalahari invokes Shakti – the divine feminine. It is presented in Nangiar Koothu, the solo narrative performance style of the female performers of Kutiyattam theatre. This piece builds on the mythological tale of Shiva and Parvati’s marriage that also depicts the unison of the male principle and the female principle at a metaphorical level. It engages with how the body and the mind undergo a transcendence in the process of negotiating through love and desire. Thus at the end of the piece Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati are united and thereafter reside in one body, as Ardhanarishwara.

Concept and direction by Guru G.Venu
Ensemble: Natanakairali
Duration: 90 minutes

About Kapila Venu
A gifted performer honed by years of training under the doyen of Kutiyattam, late Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar and her father, Kutiyattam exponent, G Venu, Kapila Venu is a devoted practitioner of Kutiyattam. Kapila has also trained under Kutiyattam exponents Usha Nangiar, Kitangur S. N. Rama Chakyar and Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar. She took to the stage at a young age, travelling and performing with her Gurus. She has been performing Kutiyattam and Nangiar Koothu both as a soloist and with the ensembles at Natanakairali and Ammanur Gurukulam since 1997.
Being a practitioner of an ancient ritual theatre, Kapila firmly believes in continuously evolving technically, spiritually, philosophically and politically, questioning and reinventing every character and story she plays. She strives to maintain the technical purity and essence of the art form whilst making space for innovation and creativity.
Her work under the guidance of renowned Japanese farmer/avant-garde dancer Min Tanaka in Japan from 2005 to 2010 has been one of the most significant influences in her personal and performance life.
Kapila has a deep interest in the study, revival and rejuvenation of several other traditional art forms of Kerala including puppetry and folk theatre and is the present director of Natanakairali – Research, Training and Performing Centre for Traditional Arts founded by G Venu in 1975. She is a recipient of the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Academy..

Kapila Venu’s participation in Pickle Factory Season 1 is supported by Anantara, Jadavpur University, Ranan, and Natyanova Performing Arts Centre.