KERALA

Novel translation of a modern classic

Malayalam novelist M. Mukundan’s work ‘Mayyazhipuzhayude Theerangalil’ will be presented as a dance recital by Lissy Muraleedharan, who has choreographed works based on the literary works of noted Malayalam poets.

‘Onakilikal,’ the dancer’s recent choreographic work, was based on two poems by Kadathanatt Madhavi Amma. The dance was presented at nearly 70 stages. She also drew upon a poem by P. Kunhiraman Nair and another by V.T. Kumaran for dance performances.

The dance recitals based on poems and novels aim at bringing well-known literary works closer to the masses. This, she believes, assumes relevance as people tend to think that readers of Malayalam literary works are on the decline.

‘Mayyazhipuzhayude Theerangalil,’ a two-hour performance. Lissy has written the script for the programme. Prem Kumar Vadakara will provide the music and Dominic Martin the orchestra. Nearly 40 dancers are involved in the performance.

Mukundan’s novel, written nearly 30 years ago, has been translated into a number of languages and is among the favourites of the author as well as his fans. Lissy’s programme is the first such attempt to translate a literary work into a dance recital.

R. MADHAVAN NAIR



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