Theatre

Based on Mahendravarman’s Sanskrit play

Pralayan’s theatre group, Chennai Kalai Kuzhu, will present the Tamil play ‘Kaanchiththalaivi,’ alias ‘Naveena Mathavilasa Prahasanam,’ on May 19, 6.30 p.m. at Sir Pitty Thiyagarayar Hall, G.N. Chetty Road, T. Nagar.

This Tamil version, an adaptation of the Sanskrit play ‘ Mathavilasa Prahasanm,’ written by Mahendravarma Pallavan, is based on Michael Lockwood and A. Vishnu Bhat’s English translation and the renowned Tamil scholar Mayilai Seeni Venkadasaamy’s Tamil translation. Believed to have been written by the king in the seventh century AD, the satirical plot is said to offer an interesting look into the life at Kanchipuram during the Seventh century besides adding interesting insights into the history and diverse religious practices that prevailed during that time.

The story revolves around Sathyasoma, who is a Kabalika, his female companion Devasoma, Nagasena, a Buddhist monk, Babru Kalpa, a Pasupatha Saivite, and a mentally-challenged person.

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