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.


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