The Hayagriva Study Circle ( www.hayagrivastudy.org) presents its 36th course on “Folk Performances-Spectacle or Ritual” with Draupadi Worship as a case study.

The course examines folk tradition and the role of folk performances in it. Is it pure performance or ritual? Where does the image blur? Draupadi worship is a fascinating combination of the folk and the classical traditions.

V. R. Devika, founder, Aseema Trust for Arts and Education, will investigate this through the Therukoothu ritualistic theatre of the Tamils. Rituals of the koothu performances and other folk forms will be discussed in her talks which will be illustrated by pictures and visuals.

Dr. Muthukumaraswamy, social scientist and director, National Folklore Support Centre, will lecture on Folk Tradition and Draupadi Kuravanchi — the case of the blurred genre in Therukoothu and Mahabharata in the Chau tradition. The course includes a visit to a village near Vandavasi in Tiruvannamalai District where participants can witness a night-long performance of Therukoothu as a ritual. The theme of the performance will be ‘Draupadi Vastrabaranam’.

The lectures are scheduled for June 4 and 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on June 6 from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. at CA Study Circle, 2nd floor, Prince Arcade, 22A, Cathedral Road.

The field trip will be on June 7, at 6 p.m. The fee for the lectures is Rs. 1,700. For details contact drgeetav@yahoo.co.in or call 98843 63550.

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