Articles by Kavitha Muralidharan
Aug 09, 2019
Begum, an enigma: A multilingual play honours the woman who opened her arms and home to trans peopleFreedom Begum seeks to bring the woman, who is believed to have helped both trans and working class people in Bengaluru, out of obscurity and anonymity. The play uses anecdotes of people who interacted with her, as well as the karagam and intense music, to paint a portrait of the woman, who disappeared amid mysterious circumstances
Jul 12, 2019
Tamil writer Pathinathan returns home to Sri Lanka, after documenting refugee life in India over three decadesRenowned Tamil writer Pathinathan clearly remembers the day he set foot in Tamil Nadu after fleeing his home in Sri Lanka in the summer of 1990. As a wide-eyed 16-year-old, he hoped to return home in six months after a bit of sightseeing. Little did he know that he would end up spending three decades in India, only to start from scratch on his return to Sri Lanka in 2019.
May 13, 2019
Theru Koothu: A Tamil street theatre tradition in danger of fading into oblivion has found a new lease on lifeThe slow decline of state patronage meant that Theru Koothu faded into oblivion, eventually forcing practitioners to take up menial jobs. Now, filmmaker Sankagiri Rajkumar is reinventing the art form by drastically reducing the performance time and introducing stories that weren’t originally a part of the repertoire.
Mar 20, 2019
Invisible Women, Visible Work: P Sainath's photos document the labour and lives of Indian rural womenThe exhibition, documenting the ‘astonishing labour that poor women put in every day of their lives and the gigantic – yet unacknowledged – contribution they make to national economy’ was first inaugurated in the winter of 2002 at a conference of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) in Visakhapatnam.
Feb 06, 2019
In Tamil Nadu, a 400-year-old tradition of shadow puppetry struggles to surviveAn ancient form of story-telling in Tamil Nadu, Tholpavai Koothu involves using figures made of goatskin to enact a story.
Jan 21, 2019
At Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha, artists bring Tamil Sufi songs, the Gana tradition to MylaporeKumari Aboobacker performed Tamil Sufi songs and Muniyamma presented Gana numbers on the first day of Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha
Dec 18, 2018
At Ashok Nagar in Chennai, an Ambedkarists' Sangam rediscovers long-forgotten Dalit leadersSet up over fifty years back, the Sangam aims to propagate the ideals of leaders like Ambedkar and to create awareness among the oppressed.
Oct 02, 2018
Then There Were No Witnesses: Ahilan’s poetry bears powerful testimony to Sri Lankan civil warAlmost through the thirty years of the civil war, Ahilan wrote poetry that now serves as witnesses to the various phases of war and its aftermath.
Sep 11, 2018
Madurai's Central, in operation since 1939, is city's last surviving theatre to still use film rollMadurai's Central Theatre continues to survive even as many others in Madurai have been closed down.
Jul 31, 2018
Dhamayanthi on adapting her short story Thadayam for the big screen: 'Wanted to explore women's choices'With six short story collections and a novel to her credit, Dhamayanthi is a well-known name in Tamil literature. Now, she forays into cinema with an adaptation of her short story Thadayam.