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KARAGAM

A Tamil Traditional Musical Production

Festive Arts Theatre - Our Tampines Hub
1st & 2nd December 2018

ABOUT THE PLAY

Since AK Theatre’s first production, Singa which had the elements of Koothu, Rajesh Kannan our creative director, has carefully weaved in the traditional art forms in all productions, namely, Anandhakoothu, Villupattu, Parai Isai, Pavai Koothu and more.
 

The first in the series of Koothu festival, Karagam the ancient art form, is celebrated. In this Tamil traditional musical, one can see Karagam being born and blooming. The stories unveil in a relaxed village setup and the storyline, when carefully observed, will depict the failures - failures of successful people.
 

The making of Karagam involves 4 steps – crafting a pot from the metal, adding soil and clay to the pot, placing of wood in it and tying it together with string and flowers. The stories will lend elements to build the Karagam and eventually, the failures will be placed on the heads and celebrated. Karagam is thus born.

CAST MEMBERS

CREATIVE TEAM

DIRECTOR
Krishnna Kumarri

CHOREOGRAPHER
Shajir Khan

MUSIC DIRECTOR
Akshara Thiru

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Syahrudin Pasha Dasa

STAGE MANAGER
Vengadesh Vijayakumar

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Rajesh Kannan

 

MAKE UP

Shajir Khan

Krishnna Kumarri

CONCEPT & STORY
Anandha Kannan

SCRIPTWRITERS
Vivek Chendhurpandi

Rani Kanna

Kalah Rajesh Kannan

Anandha Kannan

Akshara Thiru

SOUND
Kalaa Connection

VOCALIST
Vikneshwaran Shanmuganathan

NADHASWARAM

Sudhakar Raji

ARTS MANAGER
Vivek Chendhurpandi

CREATIVE TEAM
Shajir Khan

Sangeetha Segar
Malar Ratnam

M Swrna Rubni

Logeshwari Durairaj

Krishnna Kumarri

PRODUCTION TEAM
Logeshwari Durairaj

Aiswarya

Lionell Heeran Raj

Antony Beno David

 

PUBLICITY TEAM
Lionell Heeran Raj  

Antony Beno David
Abi Kannan

DAMARU SINGAPORE
Akshara Thiru

Sangeetha Segar

M Swrna Rubni

Nanthinii D/O Yegambaram

V Radhe

Ponmozhi D/O Sembian

Rathi D/O Ravi Chandran

Kumaran S/O Utravathy

N Kaneshvara

NJ Pravin

Muthu Vishva S/O Saravanan

Arinn Jaay Kannan

Navaneeshwaran S/O Loganathan

 

ADMINISTRATION
Srikala

Revathy

Sathiesh Kumar

 

CONSULTANT
Thenmozhi Rajendiran
Rajkumar
Guru Nathan

 

SPECIAL THANKS
Sunil, Liberty Fashion

Raju, Goodday Impex
R Chandaran, ACT 3 Theatrics

Kalimuthu, The Serangoon CC IAEC
Jeeva Raghunath

Japhire Gopi Kannan, JA Group of Companies
Captain Govindarajoo

FROM THE DIRECTOR

The mere mention of Karagam will bring to your mind a picture of intense focus, grace and balance. And we needed all of these as we started our work on this project a year ago. The one and only objective we had in mind was to ignite the divine beauty of this art and to reach to our people.

 
I extend my sincere thanks to Anandha Kannan for the story and concept, the discussion of which led to an immediate connect with this storyline. We wanted to craft an organic representation that mirrors the realistic traditional art form and have worked with dancers, musicians, singers and storytellers.

We performed our training sessions in India with Mrs Thenmozhi Rajendran and Mr Rajendran. Our thanks to Rajendran sir for helping us to assemble the Karagam. My love to all who have come together to realise the dream work!

FROM THE CHOREOGRAPHER

Karagam dates back to at least 100 years of existence and we are thrilled to reconstruct this glorious art form for today’s generation. Every move of our Karagam was formulated for a classicalized version that is traditionally delivered to our audience.


It was a pleasure to work along with Krishnna Kumarri, Logeshwari and Akshara Thiru. When we first commenced the project, it was not easy to formulate the pace. And now looking back, we feel that the time spent over it is worth all the effort and the outcome.


We are extremely pleased to present our Karagam production not only to Singapore, but to the whole world. And now, our hope lingers that those interested will be taking it up with vigour and delight. Finally I dedicate this dance to my Guru Manimaran.

FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR

A lot of research has gone into the music, culture and on the artistes involved with Karagam for this project. The beauty of Parai Isai and Naiyandi is something that I hold dearly, which drove me to form the first Dravidar Melam in Singapore - a combination of Parai, Thavil, Urumi, Pambai and Thudumbu.

 

Staging these art forms has been an amazing experience, thanks to the dancers, singers and other musicians such as the Nadaswaram player, who were able to draw out the essence of the Tamil folk traditions and bring them to life.

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