Heike Oberlin and David Shulman, eds. Two Masterpieces of Kutiyattam: Mantrankam and Anguliyankam. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019.
ISBN 9780199483594 / Hardback / 348 pages / Rs 1,795
Description (of digital edition)
Kutiyattam, India’s only living traditional Sanskrit theatre, has been continually performed in Kerala for at least a thousand years. The actors and drummers create an entire world in the empty space of the stage by using spectacular costumes and make-up and by an immensely rich interplay of words, rhythms, mime, and gestures.
This volume focuses on Mantrankam and Anguliyankam, the two great masterpieces of Kutiyattam. It provides fundamental general remarks and relates them to pan-Indian reflections on aesthetics, philology, ritual studies, and history.
Authored by scholars and active Kutiyattam performers, this is the first attempt to bring together a set of sustained, multi-faceted interpretations of these masterpieces-in-performance. With an aim to open up this ancient art form to readers interested in South Indian culture, religion, theatre and performance studies, philology, as well as literature, this volume offers a new way to access a major art form of pre-modern and modern Kerala.
The University of Tuebingen in Germany and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel were partners in a long-term project studying and documenting Kutiyattam performances, including initiating full-scale performances of major works in the classical repertoire. We have been, in particular, focusing on the study of the two major, complex and ancient works, Mantrankam and Anguliyankam, both of which we have seen and recorded in full. The articles in this volume are one of the results. They are supplemented with video-clips of lecture demonstrations provided online.
Table of Contents
Foreword (by K. K. Gopalakrishnan) / Introduction
1. Anguliyankam and Mantrankam
2. Some Remarks on the Ascaryacudamani
3. Mantrankam, an Ancient Integration Project?
Heike Oberlin (née Moser)
4. What Is Mantrankam?
5. Pracchana Barhaspatyam
Orly Hadani Nave
6. Reflection and Arul
9. The Mantrankam Paribhasa from a Historical Linguistics Perspective
10. Tying the Universe
Elena Mucciarelli and Heike Oberlin
11. Anguliyankam, Ramayana-Veda of the Cakyars
P.K.M. Bhadra and Rajneesh B.
13. The World of Hanuman
Einat Bar-On Cohen
14. Distinct Conventions in the Staging of Anguliyankam Kuttu
Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar and Aparna Nangiar
15. My Experience of Performing Anguliyankam and Mantrankam
Margi Madhu Chakyar
16. Knowing and Being
Manu V. Devadevan
17. An Actor in Red and White
Sivan Goren Arzony
Index / Editors and Contributors
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