Media Reviews This VCD also has two sets of subtitles. For example, when Kamsa sees Krishna the sentence "He is my doom, come to snatch away my life" remains on the screen. Above it, the hand gestures are identified as they are shown: "life breath/to steal/doom/for sure." The five VCDs, packaged as "Know Your Heritage," seem aimed at making Kerala's art forms accessible to contemporary Malayalis (Malayalam is Kerala's regional language). An untrained person simply could not follow the multiple codes of these performances without the subtitles. Appreciators of Asian theatre throughout the world are the beneficiaries. Diane Daugherty Kerala, India KUTIYATTAM: SANSKRIT THEATRE OF INDIA . By Farley Richmond. Interactive design by David Z. Saltz. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002. CD-ROM $89.95. Web site: < www.press.umich.edu >. This interactive CD-ROM contains 620 photographs, 147 video clips, and 76 sound clips that Farley Richmond collected during four decades of exploring Indian performance. He saw kutiyattam on one of his early visits in 1969 and, in 1974, began twenty years of research focused on the gesture language of kutiyattam. Richmond publishes his English translation of the Hastalakshanadipika, an anonymous and undated Sanskrit text on the kutiyattam actor's
Asian Theatre Journal – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jul 30, 2004
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