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Madras Players presents Kamalakshi

After the thunderous success of Chudamani, Trinity and

Lakshmikanthan the Madras Players, the oldest English Theatre Group

in India, will present Kamalakshi at Narada Gana Sabha auditorium in

Alwarpet on Oct 28 at 6:30 PM

A play in English by renowned dance scholar, musicologist, and writer,

Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, Kamalakshi tells the story of a Devadasi dancer

in the late 19th Century.

Designed and directed by noted theatre veteran, PC Ramakrishna who

also directed Chudamani, Trinity and Lakshmikanthan, the play has live

music and dance woven into its fabric, along with drama - a first in

English theatre.

The much sought after young Carnatic Vidwan Sikkil Gurucharan, plays

Sivaguru, the singer extraordinaire, the very soul of the temple,

inheriting the musical parampara of Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar.

Fascinated by his music, Kamalakshi, the Devadasi dancer, is played by

well known dancer and singer, Sumitra Nithin, torn between spiritual

attachment to Lord Thyagaraja and her own Devadasi upbringing, urged

by her mother, Parvatham played by senior dancer Anuradha Ramesh

Parur M.S.Ananthashree is Neela, her friend, who sings for her, while

dance guru Balagurunathan essays the role of Kamalakshi’s teacher,

Sabapathy. The conflict and drama unfolds, as the unscrupulous

Mirasdar Sugavanam, (S.Ram) enters the picture to demand his pound

of flesh.

Does Kamalakshi come through the dilemma that plagues her? What

happens to Sivaguru? The play addresses these questions.

Kamalakshi also features T.T.Srinath, Hyma Ramakrishna, K.

Harishankar, Manoj Sudhakar, Prashanth Krishna, Usha Manoj, Suma

Prakash and Mahathi, among others. This is a ticketed event.


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