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Flame of the Forest

September 1, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

A poster I did for the play Flame of the Forest by JustUs Repertory. The story interested me as it deals with history; with arts, dance, war, emotions thrown in. I decided to go watch it. And it’s in IITM! What more can one ask!

Here’s a brief(!!!) description:

Flame of the Forest is set in the 7th century, in Kanchi and Mamallapuram, respectively the capital and the port city of the Pallava kings. Both cities were magnificent centres of art and learning.

Playwright, musician, artist and philosopher king Mahendra Pallava (590-630 A.D) lives for, and with the arts. With Kanchi as his resplendent capital, and Mamallapuram, his port city of sculptural marvels, Mahendra is engaged in promoting art and learning. Unprepared for war, can he save his people from the mighty foe Pulikesin II, the Chalukya emperor who invades his kingdom?

Young general Paranjoti is devoted to Mahendra. He fights a great war of vengeance, but finds the taste of victory bitter. Can he breakaway from the cycle of violence?

Captured by Pulikesin and imprisoned in an alien land for nine years, the Pallava court dancer Sivakami thirsts for revenge. What transforms her into a seeker of spiritual goals?

The Chalukya Emperor Pulikesin II marches with a colossal army to conquer the Pallava kingdom. But monsoon ravages his army and he is forced to sue for peace. How does his rage explode when his ambition is thwarted?

Inspired by Kalki Krishnamurti’s (1899-1954) epic novel Sivakamiyin Sapatham (1944), Flame of the Forest is an original play in English that combines history and fiction. The Tamil songs of medieval bhakti poet-saint Appar, and the Sanskrit verses of Bharavi are as much part of the play’s fabric as its dialogue in English. Classical Indian dance, music and martial arts blend with dialogue and movement, to create a sense of total theatre practiced in ancient India, and in the folk traditions of the country.

  1. September 1, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    😦 I was supposed to be a part of this play, the way I was in Bangalore! Phooti kismat meri! 😦

  2. September 1, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    @amrit: Wow! Which character?

  3. ray
    September 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Hi ,

    I was reading ur blog posts and found some of them to be very good.. u write well.. Why don’t you popularize it more.. ur posts on ur blog β€˜the stranger’ took my particular attention as some of them are interesting topics of mine too;

    BTW I help out some ex-IIMA guys who with another batch mate run http://www.rambhai.com where you can post links to your most loved blog-posts. Rambhai was the chaiwala at IIMA and it is a site where users can themselves share links to blog posts etc and other can find and vote on them. The best make it to the homepage!

    This way you can reach out to rambhai readers some of whom could become your ardent fans.. who knows.. πŸ™‚

    Cheers,

  4. September 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Nice poster πŸ™‚

  5. September 7, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    I liked the poster so much that I actually wanted to cult it from hostel Notice board πŸ˜› . But then thought of letting it remain atleast till the event is over.A Classic one πŸ™‚

  1. September 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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