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Ouverture spirituelle • Hinduism I: Kutiyattam


  • 20 July 2015, 20:30



Kutiyattam – literally, “playing together” – is at home in Kerala in Southern India. As the only traditional Sanskrit theatre form on the entire subcontinent, it was declared immaterial world heritage by UNESCO in 2001. Performances continue to be rare occurrences; Kutiyattam is only practiced and performed by 30 to 40 actors and musicians in the entire world. This dance theatre is characterised by spectacular costumes and make-up masks, by its complex and highly stylised gestures and mimicry as well as a unique sprechgesang. Musically its foundation comes from the rhythm instruments; apart from small cymbals and a “singing” drum, it is particularly the great copper drums that provide a unique listening experience. The plays usually recount mythological tales from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. The Ensemble Nepathya is directed by Margi Madhu Chakyar and his wife and represents one of the small, excellent schools teaching Kutiyattam and supporting young talents.

End of concert approx. 10:40 pm. 

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Margi Madhu Chakyar, Musical Direction
Indu, Musical Direction