Kudiyattam theatre and the actor's consciousness

Madhavan, Arya (2010) Kudiyattam theatre and the actor's consciousness. Consciousness literature and the arts (25). Rodopi ltd, Amsterdam and New York. ISBN 9789042027985

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Abstract

This book explores the training methods, performance and aesthetics of Kudiyattam
, the oldest existing theatre from in the world. It brings together for the first time a comprehensive analysis of the psycho-physical techniques employed by the actors in Kerala of this temple theatre form. The book offers an in-depth analysis of pakarnnattam
, a unique acting technique that helps the actor to perform multiple characters in a single dramatic situation. This multiple transformational acting technique is highly relevant to enhance the actor's abilities such as imagination, spontaneity and improvisation. The book employs a range of theoretical models developed from performance studies, gender theories, consciousness studies, Indian aesthetic and philosophical theories to investigate the actor's body in training and performance. Most significantly, for the first time, the book offers some extra-ordinary insights into the links between the actor's breathing and consciousness. It covers a range of topics: Hatha Yoga
breathing techniques, eye training, hand gestures, movement techniques, voice training and rasa acting.

Item Type:Book or Monograph
Additional Information:This book explores the training methods, performance and aesthetics of Kudiyattam , the oldest existing theatre from in the world. It brings together for the first time a comprehensive analysis of the psycho-physical techniques employed by the actors in Kerala of this temple theatre form. The book offers an in-depth analysis of pakarnnattam , a unique acting technique that helps the actor to perform multiple characters in a single dramatic situation. This multiple transformational acting technique is highly relevant to enhance the actor's abilities such as imagination, spontaneity and improvisation. The book employs a range of theoretical models developed from performance studies, gender theories, consciousness studies, Indian aesthetic and philosophical theories to investigate the actor's body in training and performance. Most significantly, for the first time, the book offers some extra-ordinary insights into the links between the actor's breathing and consciousness. It covers a range of topics: Hatha Yoga breathing techniques, eye training, hand gestures, movement techniques, voice training and rasa acting.
Keywords:Kudiyattam, Kutiyattam, sanskrit theatre, actor training, eye training, rasa, indian theatre
Subjects:T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T400 Other Asian studies
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T300 South Asian studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W510 Choreography
W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W410 Acting
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W540 Types of Dance
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Performing Arts
ID Code:3361
Deposited By: Arya Madhavan
Deposited On:17 Sep 2010 12:39
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:47

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