Hindu Dance Group To Give Performance

Islanders will be able to experience traditional Hindu dance and music at an evening of traditional Kathakali storytelling next week.

Sacred stories will be performed by visiting artist, Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, in traditional dress from Kerala in India.

The group first came over in 2004 when they performed in the Town Hall and this time, they’ll be using the new school performance space.

The performance will come during a week workshops with pupils where the dancers will demonstrate their make-up skills in art classes and play traditional drums with music students.

They’ll also be working with youngsters on St Agnes and Tresco.

Kevin Lehman from the School says the stories have a religious, Hindi background and he thinks it’s important to expose our kids to different beliefs and cultures.

From Radio Scilly

Kevin Lehman talks about the performance

In Kathakali, which is over 2000 years old, the eyes and face are very important and require years of intense training to enable the actor to express their “inner performer”. Performers also use hand movements as a form of sign language to tell the story.

Kevin says in the first half of the community show, the performers will talk about the story and the messages within it.

There will then be a demonstration of the techniques such as the eye and hand gestures followed by a full performance of the story.

This form of community performance is still used in many parts of the world to tell stories and Kevin thinks there’s a lot we can learn from it.

The evening event is on Tuesday March 27th at 7.30 pm.


9 Responses to Hindu Dance Group To Give Performance

  1. Cassandra March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Go for it!

  2. Nick March 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    shameless plug for Scilly Folk Festival 4th-9th April – Cornish and Island musicians supported by school, council and AONB

  3. Cassandra March 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I’m really not sure how questioning public spending and criticising the Council amounts to Trolling but there you go, anyway, back to the issue.

    For years the National Curriculum has imposed obligations on schools with regard to Multiculturalism which is presumably where this event originates. However, at the beginning of last year David Cameron made it clear in a speech that the Government’s view was that “State Multiculturalism” had failed and that what in fact was required was the development of a sense of Britishness and an appreciated of shared values rather than the ‘celebration’ of difference. The Communities Minister reiterated this in a recent speech. Schools obviously still have obligations under the National Curriculum but, in view of the stated Government’s policy intentions, they need to look at the extent and proportionality of their execution of the obligations and avoid gold-plating the requirements placed on them especially in view of the need to cut public spending.

    In this particular case I would have thought that understanding and appreciating local culture should take priority; a week focused on local history for example. I’m sure that the local Historians and Tour Guides would appreciate the work particularly at this time of year and it would keep public money on the Islands.

  4. Cassandra March 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Thanks Dan.

  5. Dan March 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    What an incredibly patronising post, I’ve posted less offensive things than that above that have been omitted, I don’t agree on this particular subject with Cassandra but I welcome her more edgy opinions.
    and I look forward to experiencing the traditional Hindu dance and music etc.

    • Dan March 22, 2012 at 6:55 am

      I was referring to simons post.

  6. Cassandra March 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Geez – sorry Simon, no need to take things personally. Out of interest what funding does the Council provide for May Day and the Gig Championship?

  7. Simon March 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Poor Cassandra, never seems to have enough to complain about and always sees the bad in any given news report. The word “Troll” springs to mind. As to Scillonian and Cornish Traditions, aren’t Mayday and The Gig Championships enough for you? Both very much supported by the community and the council!!!

    Our world would be a very dull place if we were all as inward looking and negative as our ‘lady’ Cassandra is!

  8. Cassandra March 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    And the Council will be paying for a celebration of Scillonian and Cornish traditions when exactly?