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KATTIYAKARAN MANICKAM

A Tamil Traditional Musical Production

Goodman Arts Centre
4th & 5th February 2016

ABOUT THE PLAY

The story commences with a ‘Koothu’ troupe travelling from India to Malaya to showcase their performance on a ship. They are the first troupe venturing to a far-away land to share their love and joy of theatre. Manikam leads the Koothu troupe and plays the role of Kattiyangaran.

 

Kattiyangaran is the witty narrator who injects laughter and carefully juxtaposes the current issues into the Koothu. In real life, Manikam is not only intelligent and funny, but also a lover of art. He constantly pushes his boundaries in the art form and leads his team into new ventures.During the journey, they rehearse the songs and movements to keep themselves merry and to kill their anxiety of facing new audience. The travelling conditions take a toll on the artistes and the main cast, Singaram falls ill during their eight-day sea trip.Upon landing on the Island, the troupe meets the organizers who request them to stage any folklore that is familiar in Malaya.

 

After some discussions, the story of the King Rajasuran who came to Singapore in an attempt to conquer China was decided.Succumbing to ill-health, Singaram and a few other actors are unable to perform as planned. And so the troupe is forced to explore the possibility of local talent to be cast in the Rajasuran Koothu. An ‘audition’ is held within the play amongst the audience to select proficient ‘actors’ to don the roles in the story.After casting and rehearsals, the big day comes.

 

The Koothu gets staged with experts from India and the locals. And the play becomes a big hit! When the time comes for the Koothu troupe to leave for their home, Manikam decides to stay back and make the Island his new home. He decides to be a part of the extremely hardworking community and build the nation with them.

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!

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