Lotus Leaves, Water Words: A Reading Performance
Text, Design and Direction: Prasanna Ramaswamy
at The Hindu Lit for Life 2015
Letís keep talking!í
- The Hindu, Jan 24, 2015
Forty-four sessions. Ninety-four panelists from six countries.
Workshops. Performances. Capturing the moods and flavours of the fifth
edition of the The Hindu Lit For Life in Chennai.
Photo courtesy: R. Ragu, The Hindu
Lotus Leaves, Water Words: A Reading Performance, directed by Prasanna
Ramaswamy, elegantly and movingly traced the 2000-year-old story of
water, with texts and passages in three languages, and included several
forms of story-telling (dance, drama, poetry, prose, song and satire).
The play was staged on a near-empty space, and the only props, besides
nine plastic chairs and two umbrellas, were the actorsí voices, their
hands, and fluid movements; exquisite lighting and music (guitar and
drums) helped bring to life the ecstasies and the agonies of water ó
when it pours in rain, and when itís exhausted by exploitation. Fiery in
parts and fun in others, the play was ably performed by P.C.
Ramakrishna, Anita Ratnam, R. Rohini, Sushila Ravindranath, Nellai
Manikandan, Niran Vicktor Benjhamin, Anandh Kumar and Revathy Kumar -
and a cameo appearance by Nirmala Lakshman. It was a beautiful finale to
the three-day festival.
A leaf out of our lives
- Elizabeth Mathew, The Hindu, January 19, 2015