Asan’s Karuna In New Light
Lenin Rajendran and his team delivered a show that impressed one and all | By Yentha
On Jan 08, 2013
Trivandrum: The Kerala University Union in collaboration with Kriya, Centre for Research and Expression of Art staged a visual representation of Kumaran Asan’s ‘Karuna’ earlier this week at the University Senate Hall.

Kumaran Asan’s famous poem Karuna is the story of Vasavadutta’s deep love for a Buddhist monk, Upagupta.  K  Jayakumar, Vice Chancellor of Malayalam University who delivered the key note address noted, “Any literary work is subject to interpretation due to its inner strength.” According to him, it is said that Asan had recited this poem Karuna to his co-passengers in the ill-fated boat which met with a tragedy leading to his death.

Directed by the Lenin Rajendran, the star casts included Abija as Vasavadutta, Sivadas as Upagupta, Ullas as the trader and Bhoomi as Vasavadutta’s friend. The popular Hindustani singer Ramesh Narayanan rendered the music. Supporting Lenin were Art director Murali, Nayana Suryan as the chief coordinator among others. Most of the artists are from the city.
According to Lenin Rajendran, it took only four days’ rehearsal to take this show to its perfection. When asked why Karuna was chosen for such a new venture, Lenin Rajendran said “Asan’s Karuna has excellent visual possibility.” Hence his choice of Karuna. He also said that he liked the theme of the story- Vasavadutta’s pure and deep love for Upagupta, the monk.

This visual representation of Karuna was followed by an impressive performance of Edasseri’s ‘Poothapattu’. The programme was well attended by people from various strata of society who were impressed by the beautiful light and sound settings.

The function was inaugurated by K C Joseph, Minister for Cultural Affairs. Other dignitaries who attended the programme included T V Chandran, Suresh Kumar, Gandhimathi Balan, Surya Krishnamurthi and Ramesh Narayanan.



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