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Classics retold

 MPost |  2014-11-20 20:59:47.0  |  New Delhi

Classics retold

As part of its ongoing series of Sanchayan - Screening of archival films and video recordings, Sangeet Natak Akademi is presenting Girish Karnad's Hayvadana on Saturday, 22 November at the Capital's  Meghdoot theatre, Copernicus Marg. Hayvadana is a play in Kannada written by Girish Karnad and directed by B.V. Karanath.

Over the last six decades, Sangeet Natak Akademi has built a large archive of audio and video-tapes, photographs, slides and films on the performing arts. The first fortnightly screening of a documentary commenced on 24 June 2005 at Sahitya Akademi auditorium.


Two rare films on Ustad Allauddin Khan and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan both directed by Hari Das Gupta were projected. Since then the Akademi has been showcasing films from its archives regularly.

Sanchayan is a new initiative of the Akademi to share its collection with those who relish the performing arts through the screening of video recordings. Sanchayan's first series of films screened from 14 February to 19 May 2014 featured the Performing Art Forms of Lakshadweep, Adhe Adhure, Mand Mahotsava, Ang Tarang: Mayurbhanj Chhau, Chhayanatak, Sankirtana, and Chhau.

The second series of films was screened from 21 June to 23 August 2014 and featured Bhimsen Joshi, Agra Bazar, Alladin (Rod Puppet), Flying Cranes, and Antim Adhyay, Kallol, and Rituraj Mehfil - Kumar— Kumar Gandharv. Interactive sessions were also conducted as a part of these series.

Karnad has skillfully adapted the thematic plot in Hayvadana to the Indian context using the eleventh-century book of Indian legends, the Kathasaritsagara. The play seeks to question – where does the ‘self’ sit: In the mind or in the body?

When:  22 November
Where: Meghdoot III, Rabindra Bhavan

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