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Karmic Harvest: Published and Performed Literature in the Philippines

Components: Dance, Music and Performance Poetry
Performers: Cecill Artates, Steven Fernandez, Jeena Rani Marquez, Vim
Nadera, Dumay Solinggay, Marty Tengco, Kooky Tuason.

The Republic of the Philippines is composed of three major islands namely Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Filipinos use, through speaking and writing, a total of 171 native languages that belong to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family. These languages flesh out the Filipino mind, heart, and soul through literature. And it is merely spoken or written, more often than not,
it is expressed through dance, music, theater, architecture, visual arts, photography, film, or multimedia. At times, in silence.

‘Past Forward’: A Dance Performance by Leela Samson and her troupe

7pm-7.30pm, 28th January, 2017

Past Forward, a body of creative work by Leela Samson, depicts an inward journey, experienced through the individual body and the group collective. This search is every man’s constant endeavour. Through the exploration of concepts of space, liberation, love and desire – the journey ultimately leads to a celebration of music and movement. Past Forward seeks to establish a dialogue between story, text, music and dance. What does myth tell us and how does it all so subtly represent life in the past, present and probably in the future. This show is a collection of work that represents the present, the past and the future.


7pm-7.15pm, 29th January, 2017

Oggu katha is a very popular Traditional Folk Theatre form of Telangana. Oggu or ‘Damarukam’ is a hand-held instrument and katha means ‘Story’. Mythological stories are narrated while playing this musical instrument. This is an important traditional source of livelihood for the members of the ‘Kuruma and Golla’ communities. Mallanna Katha , Beerappa Katha and Ellamma Katha are the traditional narrations popular among hundreds of such stories. Those who narrate Mallanna katha are called “Mallanna Poojarulu” and those who narrate Beerappa Katha are called “Beerla Poojarulu” both of who belong to the Kurma and Golla communities.

In particular seasons they go to the outskirts of their villages and perform the rituals to goddess “Ganga” and “Snake”. The artists lead the group with rhythmic steps while doing physical feats like 
pyramids. The village reverbates which leads to extreme emotions of Roudra Rasa. Appearance of Shiva devotees ‘Potharaju’ and ‘Shivashaktulu’ towards the end of the performance creates a divine feeling and adds a lot of colour too. This whole process is called “OGGU DOLU VINYASAM”. This form has 15 to 40 artists each with their own ‘Dolu’.

Youngistan Nukkad
7.15pm-7.30pm, 29th January, 2017

A gala performance by all the musicians of the Nation’s Rock Beat together (Vivid + Individual Musicians + Rappers + Beat boxers).