Synopsis and Photographs of Malathi Madhav

Synopsis and Photographs of Malathi Madhav

Play:MalathiMadhava ,,,,Playwright: Bhavabhuti,,,Director: AksharaK.V.,,,Group: Ninasam,Heggodu ,,,.Language: Kannada

The Play

Malathi and Madhava are in love with each other. The King of Padmavati city orders Malathi’s father, a minister in his court, to get her married to his friend Nandana. Madhava, broken hearted by this, leaves the civilized world and begins to reside in a graveyard. Malathi is abducted by Kapaliks for human sacrifice and is rescued by Madhava. She gets abducted yet again, and Soudamini, a tantric sets everything right and brings them together. Buddhist monk Kamandhaki and her disciples, who have renounced Samsara, ironically tie relationships together. They devise plans to prevent marriages that are not meant to happen, and those marriages that they make happen are made to appear they happened on their own accord.

The Director &Translator

AksharaK.V. took theatre training from National School of Drama, New Delhi, and MA in theatre arts from the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, UK.He has worked as a teacher, theatre director and administrator with the Ninasam group.He also heads AksharaPrakashana, a prominent publishing house in the Kannada language.He has written and directed more than 50 plays in Kannada, and has presented papers in various seminars.  He has published more than 30 books in Kannada, related to literature, theatre, cinema, culture, and has translated essays and books related to culture and society from English.Three of his books have received the Karnataka SahityaAkademi award, and he is also a recipient of the Central SangeetNatakAkademi Award for overall contribution to theatre.

The Playwright

Bhavabhuti was an 8th-century scholar of India noted for his plays and poetry, written in Sanskrit. His plays are considered equivalent to the works of Kalidasa. Bhavbhuti was born in Padmapura, Vidarbha, in Gondia district, on Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh border. His real name was SrikanthaNilakantha, and he was the son of Nilakantha and Jatukarni. ParamhansDnyananidhi is known to be his guru. He composed his historical plays at Kalpi, a place on the banks of river Yamuna.