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Karnatic Kattaikkuttu

Faculty member Sue Rees served as the technical director for the four-city tour of Karnatic Kattaikkuttu.

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As the technical director, Rees set up the various tour spaces; designed the stage layout, lights, and backstage areas; and documented the productions. The tour involved singers and musicians from the Karnatic tradition and actors, singers and musicians from Kattaikkuttu tradition in conversation with one another.

Karnatic Kattaikkuttu is an experimental production in which Karnatic concert music and Kattaikkuttu theatre collaborate on an equal footing. The production explores what both forms share, where they differ and how they speak to and with each other.

The collaboration did leave an impact, because of the deep passion each artiste had for his art and a commitment to showcase excellence.

V.V. Ramani in The Hindu

Tour Dates
Goa Serendipity Festival Large Open Air Theatre Kala Academy (December 20, 2018) 
Kochi Biennale Biennale Pavillion, Cabral Yard – Fort Kochi (January 13, 2019) 
Ranga Shankara Bangalore (January 18, 2019) 
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharj Vastu Sangrahalya Fort Mumbai (January 19, 2019) 

Kattaikkuttu Company
P. Rajagopal 
Hanne M. de Bruin 
R. Balaji (hamonium) 
A. Selvarasu (mridangam/dholak) 
P. Sasikumar (mukavina) 
R. Devan 
A. Kailasam 
R. Kumar 
S. Tamilarasi 
M. Duraisamy 
A. Bharathi 
S. Srimathy 
S. Haribabu 
S. Gopinath 
Sue Rees (video, set, lights)

Karnatic Company
Chennai. T.M.Krishna (vocal) 
Sangeetha Sivakumar (vocal)
Akkarai Subhalakshmi (violin) 
K. Arun Prakash (mridangam) 
N. Guruprasad (ghatam) 
Pandian (vocal)