Fieldwork Report: Performance of the Prahaladha Myth in Tamilnadu

Balaji Srinivasan, B Gandhi


This essay examines the various folk theatre activities in Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu in religious contexts. One among them is the Prahalada Charithram. The focus is on the iconography of Narasimha— history of the cult and sociological factors and its influences. The main story of the Prahaladha Charithram begins on the stage with the Iranian Kolu. Each lead performer enters on stage and before he begins his performance, sings Saint Thyagaraja’s composition signifying the importance of devotion to the divine. The accessories and the symbolisms used to represent certain elements and moods in the nadagam (dramas) are quite interesting. The author also presents his theatrical experiments, the hearsay stories, and the sentiments concerned during each stage performance.

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