The first dance drama choreographed by Rukmini Devi Arundale, Kutrala Kuravanji is back on the stage this season, with the original vocal and nattuvangam by Adyar brothers K. Rama Rao and K. Lakshman.
Kuravanjis are Tamil dramas of the past. They are called Kuravanjis because a kurati or a sooth sayer is an essential character in them. Kutrala Kuravanji was composed by Melagaram Thirikooda Rasappa Kavirayar in praise of the Lord Shiva and his consort during the 17th century.
Music for this Kuttrala Kuravanji was composed in 1944 by Maestro V. Krishnamachari of Bangalore. After four decades, the Kalakshetra Repertory is bringing back the dance drama to the stage this year.