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Ravana - The Untold story of the 11th head

Ravana - The Untold story of the 11th head

Dance | Kannada, Tamil, Telugu | 5+ | 45mins
Surya N Rao
Surya N Rao
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Ravana, the antagonist of the Adikavya Ramayana who is a prolific scholar, maestro of the veena, ardent devotee and a mighty ruler - stands at the threshold of his life reminiscing his past, contemplating his present, fully aware and embracing of his future. 

The defining moments from his past flash before his eyes - from performing the sacrificial rites for Rama's victory before their battle and thus charting his own death, to creating the veena from his gut to appease Lord Shiva thus gaining the title Ravaneshwar, to his encounter with a frog that turned into a beautiful damsel Mandodari who he fell in love with and married, to the moment that he had always wished for - a chance to meet Rama face to face eventuated by his sister Shurpanaka's loss of pride, to his abduction of Sita along with a piece of earth as proof of his innocuous intent. His 10 heads crowd his thoughts with differed opinions, one says that he must surrender to the supreme being while the other taunts him for his callous killings of his own kith and kin, yet another shames him for being reduced from a mighty emperor to this lowly state by a mere human, another urges him to wield the weapons and win the war. Exasperated, he drowns their voices and listens to the one that matters. He crosses this threshold to reach his threshold, his victory - Jaya. 


Credits :

Guidance - Dr Veena Murthy Vijay, Madhu Nataraj, Chandrashekar Navada, Jeevan Ram Sullia

Concept, Choreography and Performance - Surya N Rao

Script development, Multimedia and Lighting design - Keerthi Kumar 

Original soundscape - Praveen.D.Rao

Dialogues and lyrics - Surya N Rao, Dr Sudha Ravi and 

Sinhalese voice over - Prathama Prasad

Stage props - Keshav Murthy, Srinivas Raj Urs, Ganesh Hublikar and Karthik Kordel

Production support - Artmos 

Rehearsal space courtesy Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography and Omkara School of Indian Dance.

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