All posts tagged: Mahabalipuram

Memories of Exile and Return – A Total Theatre of Mamallapuram

The Mamallapuram Project by film maker Sashikanth Ananthachari is a curatorial coming together of three creative works of art which draw us into the world of the South and North Arcot districts of Tamil Nadu where the Mahabharata is enacted for 10 to 40 days annually as a festival. The notion of exile and return is central to this festival and for 20 days of the year, the entire village chooses to be in ‘exile’ in their own villages to listen to other stories of exile and return. The epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata at its core are narratives of exile and return and as one village storyteller said that “To be a good King or even a good human being, one first has to go on exile; here one has to kill the demons both within and outside oneself; only then a return is possible.” Sashikanth chooses to begin this epic journey in one of the most visited South Indian towns of Mamallapuram, which was bustling seaport in 1st  century BC. It is …