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In October 1991, twenty five theatre enthusiasts joined together to form the Lokadharmi Theatre Comapny in Tripunithura, a small town near Cochin, India. Over the years, Lokadharmi has emerged as one of the important theatre centers in the country. This growth and history from an intimate group of theatre enthusiasts to one of the important theatre Centre of India is documented here. Lokadharmi dreams the emergence of a village theatre culture with immense energy rooted in Indian ethos and tradition, and depicting contemporary Indian realities.


 

Artistic Director ; Chandradasan: The Artistic director of Lokadharmi and the founder member of the group is one of the important figures in Indian theatre. He has directed more than 30 plays in a career of 25 years, that include classics to slapstick comedy to children's theatre in the languages Malayalam, English, Sanskrit and Kannada. These were performed widely all over India in important theatre festivals and also in Greece recently. He is also a research scholar with many papers to his credit published in celebrated journals. He is actively involved in campus theatre and street theatre, and is a professor in Chemistry at St.Albert's college, Kochi.

Children's Theatre; Mazhavillu: Lokadharmi is having a children's theatre group under it named MAZHAVILLU ( tr:rainbow). In this group 40 children in the age group 10 to 17 assemble in CHANGAMPUZHA PARK which is cultural park in the city of Kochi on all Saturdays under a tree named " the tree of theatre- the NATAKAMARAM", and do improvisations, games, play readings and other theatre activities. The children's version of the play CHARANDAS CHOR (Charandas, the thief) based on the famous play by Habib Tanveer was produced in December 2002, that was accepted by the media and the people who witnessed the show, as a land mark in the children's theatre scenario of the country.

Chairman ; Dr.K.G.Paulose: The chairman of the board of directors of Lokadharmi is one of the most important scholars in Indian theatre, Koodiyattam, Natyasastra and is the author of many books and also an academician of excellence. The former Registrar of The Sree Sankara Sanskrit University, and the former principal of Government Sanskrit College Tripunithura, Dr. Paulose is an authority on Indian Aesthetics and Culture.

Artists: Lokadharmi has a group of talented and trained artists in its repertory with rich experience in performing. They include folk performers, dancers, artists, musicians, creative designers, and theatre trainers. The ensemble work of these talents create the ambience characteristic of the Lokadharmi productions.

Productions: The acclaimed productions of the group include the contemporary adaptations of Karnnabharam (The anguish of Karnna - a Sanskrit play by Bhasa), Chathan kattu (Indianised adaptation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare), Poranadi (The Outcast- a contemporary play in Malayalam by K.N.Panicker), Nandan Kadha (The Story of Nandan -a contemporary interpretation of a myth in Tamil by Indira Parthasarathy), Medea (the Indian adaptation of the Greek classic by Euripides) and Macbeth by William Shakespeare . The production of Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarri is currently in rehearsals. Read the details, directors note and synopsis of these productions...

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Photo gallery: frozen moments from the productions of Lokadharmi, the workshops, artists in action, the director board and alumni that has created a new wave in Indian theatre, and more...

Workshops: A brief detail of the workshops conducted in the theatre laboratory of Lokadharmi, that has created a new sensibility and sensitivity in actors and technicians. Besides the regular training that runs on all Sundays from 1991 onwards without a break, special workshops by eminent theatre faculty from all over the world were also included. Lokadharmi conducts extension workshops in rural areas and schools to initiate new talents to theatre.

Festivals: Lokadharmi has participated with its production in many International theatre festivals that include the circle of the south earth; an International festival on ancient Greek Drama 2001 held in Greece. Also has performed in many National Multi-lingual Theatre Festivals all over India including the Bharath Rang Mahotsav 2002, organised by National School of Drama New Delhi. Also Lokadharmi has organised festivals with groups from all over India and abroad performing, in Kochi, Kerala.

Achievements: Many productions of Lokadharmi have won the National awards for Best production, performance, direction, acting etc., from many All India Multi-lingual Theatre Festivals. Also our artists were awarded with fellowships and scholarships in theatre by the Cultural Department, Government of India.

Reviews: Selected excerpts from the reviews and articles on our productions and other activities sampling what the critics and press say about us, translated into English.

Publications: Articles on contemporary Indian theatre and traditional performances that showcase the unique performance culture of India, published by Lokadharmi, written by Chandradasan and Dr.K.G.Paulose.

The Land: About Kerala , a green pastures land, the land of Kadhakali and Koodiyattam and host of very vibrant folk theater, at the south west cost of India where Lokadharmi is located. About the culture, people, climate and also how to reach here .....

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