Rukmini Devi’s Kutrala Kuravanji is back!

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.

This is a dramatic work composed to the accompaniment of live vocal and instrumental music by performers who themselves may act and sing as well as dance.

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.

‘Kuttrala Kuravanji’ with nattuvangam and vocal by Adyar brothers K. Rama Rao and K. Lakshman will be staged at Kalakshetra at Bharata kalakshetra Auditorium on Dec.27 at 6.30pm.

If you miss this show, there is another on Jan.4, 2008 at 7.30pm at the Music Academy.



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