KATHAKALI: KOTTAYAM PL AYS. International Video Edition (DVD). A Vedika Presentation. E-mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org >. Web site: < www.vedika.info >. Recording format: Beta. Complete set of four plays (9 DVDs): $400. Individual plays: $100 each. Plays: Baka Vadham (The killing of Baka); Kirmira Vadham (The killing of Kirmira); Kalyana Saugandhikam (The auspicious flower); Kalakeya Vadham (The killing of Kalakeya). Vedika, a nonprofit group based in Thrissur, Kerala (southern India), which promotes Kerala's traditional arts through workshops, seminars, performances, publications, and video documentation, has released four major kathakali plays on a set of nine DVDs. While the domestic edition was released in January 2003, an international edition will be released in early 2004-- of which a preliminary version is reviewed here. The plays were recorded before an invited audience in Thrissur, Kerala, in September 2002. Perhaps the greatest single contribution of the international edition, unique thus far among the available video and film documentations of kathakali, is the inclusion of a scrolling narrative text and voice-over in English introducing each scene, as well as extensive English subtitles used during the actual performance. These valuable additions enable English-speaking viewers of kathakali as well as students and scholars to deepen their
Asian Theatre Journal – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jul 30, 2004
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