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Test of devotion

  • Test of devotion

    Summary: However, just before he harms his son, Lord Vishnu and saves the day. She is sent by Brahma to lure King Rugmangada and stop him from observing Ekadasi, to pay obeisance to Lord Vishnu. Kalamandalam Gopi and Margi Vijayakumar, two seasoned artistes, yet again shared the stage in Alappuzha recently, taking the roles of Rugmangada and Mohini respectively. Kalamandalam Gopi efficaciously travelled through all these emotions while presenting Rugmangada in distress. Kalamandalam Praveen appeared as Lord Vishnu.

    Kalyanangi Aninjidum..., the Kathakali adaptation of the tale of Rugmangada, penned by Mandavappalli Ittiraricha Menon, starts with this saari dance introducing Mohini, the heavenly enchantress. She is sent by Brahma to lure King Rugmangada and stop him from observing Ekadasi, to pay obeisance to Lord Vishnu. Kalamandalam Gopi and Margi Vijayakumar, two seasoned artistes, yet again shared the stage in Alappuzha recently, taking the roles of Rugmangada and Mohini respectively. Mohini succeeds in wooing the king and agrees to be his consort, but only if he promises her to fulfil every wish of her’s , As Reported By Hindu.

    According to the Newspaper,The scene is pretty straightforward but what made it riveting was the actors’ ability to go beyond the text and add their own connotations in a meaningful way. The chemistry between Gopi and Vijayakumar worked well here, and they even succeeded in creating some lighter moments during their extempore act after the padams, though the stature of their characters give little space for such improvisations. The next scene shows Brahmins (two will do, three is fine, but four came in here, which was kind of overdoing it) praising the King for not halting his Ekadasi rituals, even though he's completely under the spell of Mohini. RLV Biju Bhasker took the lead with three youngsters who hardly seemed ready for the stage. The play turns sombre as Mohini approaches Rugmangada on an Ekadasi day and asks him to leave his rituals to spend time with her.


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