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Hayavadana - Pravaas, the OASIS Annual Culture Show 2008

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Uploaded on Apr 23, 2011

We present a short adaptation of Girish Karnad’s play Hayavadana. The central episode in the play is borrowed from Kathaasaritasaagara, an ancient collection of stories in Sanskrit. Two friends (Kapila and Devadatta) fall in love with the same woman (Padmini), and unable to resolve the conflict this raises, end up killing themselves. They are brought back to life by the grace of Goddess Kali, but with their heads transposed! What follows is a confusion of identities, as the
protagonists struggle to overcome their imperfections of body and mind. The sub-plot of “Hayavadana”, the horse-man, whose search for completeness ends comically, becomes a counter point to the Devadatta-Padmini-Kapila story and
deepens the significance of the main theme of “incompleteness”.
Inspired by traditional Indian theatre and folk arts, especially the tradition of Yakshagaana, native to Karnad’s home state of Karnataka, the play employs narrative techniques like the story-within-a-story, an omnipresent Narrator
(Bhaagavata) and uses conventional devices like masks and curtains in an unorthodox fashion.

Bhagvata: Jayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Nata: Navneet Narayan
Hayavadana: Pradeep Ramesh
.: Ravi Teja Sukhavasi
..: Kaushik Sengupta
Padmini: Radhika Marathe
Kali: Arundhati Nag
Child: Sooryanarayanan Parameswaran
Director: Prabha Mandayam
Director: Mayank Bakshi
Props: Mayank Bakshi
Props: Tejaswi Navilarekallu
Props: Varun Bhalerao

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