Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Marattam

Jul 29, 2012, 6:30:35 PM (10 years ago)



  • Marattam

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     4aka Masquerade aka Faces and Masks 
     51988 90’ col Malayalam 
     6d G. Aravindan pc Doordarshan 
     7s/lyr Kavalam Narayana Panicker based on his 
     8own play c Shaji N. Karun 
     9lp Sadanandan Krishnamurthy, Kalamdalam 
     10Keshavan, Urmila Unni, Krishnankutty Nair 
     13Panicker’s one-act play deals with the relation 
     14of identification between an actor and his or 
     15her role. Aravindan put the stress on the 
     16relations between the viewer and the actor/role 
     17dualities. The action takes place on the eve of 
     18the last act of the Kathakali piece 
     19Keechakavadham (The Killing of Keechaka). 
     20The events surrounding the performance 
     21uncannily echo events in the play. One 
     22character even claims to have killed the lead 
     23actor of the play because he detested the 
     24character the man portrayed. However, the 
     25three different accounts that are presented of 
     26the same plot are never resolved or reconciled 
     27with each other. Each version is accompanied 
     28by a different style of folk-music: the tune and 
     29rhythm of southern Kerala’s thampuran pattu, 
     30the pulluvan pattu and the ayappan pattu. The 
     31performers were drawn from the theatre and 
     32from Kathakali. In southern India, with its 
     33plethora of politicians using their film images 
     34to acquire inordinate wealth and power, 
     35Aravindan’s TV film bears on an eminently 
     36sensitive political as well as aesthetic issue.