Akshayambara | Performance | March 14, 2016 | Hotel Royal Orchid, Bangalore

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
'Akshayambara': A theatrical exploration of gender in Yakshagana
Duration: 90 minutes | Language: Kannada with English Supertitles
Monday | 07:30 PM | March 14, 2016
Hotel Royal Orchid

1, Golf Avenue, Adjoining KGA Golf Course, HAL Airport Rd, Bangalore – 560008
Contact: (080) 4178 3000

What happens when roles are reversed in a male-dominated theatre practice like Yakshagana?

Join us for a performance of 'Akshayambara' by Dramanon, Bangalore. Directed by IFA grantee and theatre practitioner, Sharanya Ramprakash, the play seeks to explore the conflicts around tradition, gender, power, and morality inherent in the form of Yakshagana.

'Akshayambara' is an experimental play that uses both modern theatrical tools and the dance drama form ofYakshagana, to create a contemporary narrative that raises questions on female representation, and male ownership. Drawing from research and personal experience, the performance imagines a reversal of roles in the popular Yakshagana plot of 'Draupadi Vastrapaharana'.

The play has been nominated under several categories in the upcoming Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) 2016.

Sharanya is a stage actor, director and one of the founders of Dramanon, Bangalore. Over the last 8 years, she has directed 6 full-length productions that have had more than 75 shows in various venues across the country. She received the INLAKS Theatre Award '14 through which she trained at the Udupi Yakshagana Kendra under the tutelage of Guru Sanjeeva Suvarna. She received a grant from India Foundation for the Arts under the Arts Practice Programme in 2015.

Please do join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres after the show.

Please do note that we have limited seating and entry to the performance is through RSVP ONLY. Hurry! Seats are filling up fast!
To RSVP, please contact menaka@indiaifa.org

Kindly note, we request you to be seated by 07:15 PM.

This project was made possible by a grant from India Foundation for the Arts, with part support from Voltas Limited.

This grant showcase is made possible with support from Qualcomm Foundation.

Photo credit: Suresh Babu