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Karadi Tales and Stray Factory team up for the children’s play, Monkeys and the Capseller

On the heels of their collaboration with theatre group Evam—which resulted in the musical, Once Upon a Bak Bak Tree, last year—Karadi Tales is back with another musical for children, this time in collaboration with Stray Factory. Based on the audio book, Monkeys and the Capseller, by Anushka Ravishankar and Malavika P C, the 50-minute play is aimed at children below 10. “After the success of Bak Bak Tree, we wanted to do more. So we approached Stray Factory, who also has a young crew, like Evam,” says Shobha Vishwanath, publishing director of Karadi Tales.
For Stray Factory, it was the opportunity to branch into kids theatre that excited them—that and the audio book they were going to adapt. “The songs in the book gave us an idea of how we wanted to do our adaptation, and gave us a chance to experiment with different mediums. It was a huge advantage,” says Mathivannan Rajendran, co-founder of the theatre group and the musical’s director. The music for the play—which revolves around Taklu, a man who keeps complaining about his baldness—has been done by Folk Tales, the band that also did the music for Stray Factory’s earlier venture, Animal Farm. “We have quite a few songs. Watch out for the ones about making hats and travelling the world,” Rajendran adds.
Both Karadi Tales and Stray Factory want to take the play
to bigger stages if it turns out to be a success. “We are starting small, but have plans for bigger shows and more collaborations, of course,” signs off Vishwanath.
Tomorrow, at Alliance Francaise, at 4 pm and 7 pm. Rs 100. Details: eventjini.com

—Janane Venkatraman


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