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    Kattiakkaran means narrator in Tamil. However, for the play Kattiakkaran, there isna��t one narrator but several. Written by renowned theatre actor, director and scriptwriter Na Muthukumar in the 1980s, Kattiakkaran is being staged by Tamil theatre troupe Koothu-P-Pattarai this time.
    Directed by veteran writer and director Prasanna Ramaswamy, the 85-minute play deals with themes of gender, sexuality, patriarchy and the consumer culture that ends up appropriating and commodifying all these human emotions. a�?The text itself is not bound to a period, so there is no question of adapting it to suit modern times,a�? says Ramaswamy. a�?But the themes are still applicable today,a�? she adds.
    Ramaswamya��s interpretation of Muthukumara��s script is different though. a�?Ia��ve taken one long monologue and distributed it between some characters. Ia��ve created other characters too,a�? she says. For her, the original text is just the context into which the play fits into. a�?Ia��ve brought the play on stage through a lot of visualisation. The text is just context for me,a��a�� she reiterates.
    The play doesna��t fit into the traditional plot-driven linear narrative, but it isna��t completely free-structured either. a�?The play has a beginning, a middle and an end. It had cause and effect as well,a�? says Ramaswamy.

    At Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Francaise, at 7.30 pm on November 30. Entry is free.

    a��Janane Venkatraman


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