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Veenapani Chawla
Admission: 9 , reduced 7
together with “Sakuntala”:
14 , concessions 10
26.09.2003 - 27.09.2003
Hinduism, myth, tradition
Presented by: Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research

An interpretation of the myths surrounding the birth of the god Ganapati, driven by a perfect percussion arrangement. According to tradition, women created Ganapati out of clay in the form of an elephant. Hand-drums tie together the performance, supplemented – and ironically contrasted – by sticks and a saxophone.
In a ritual act, a group of craftsmen create a new image of Ganapati, represented by a small drum. They take part in the accompanying festival, and Ganapati takes the form of an elephant – the saxophone comes in. The ceremony culminates in a solemn sea burial for the figure. Next year the celebration will be repeated. The thinking expressed in this cycle stands in contrast to a central myth of the Occident, the Oedipus myth which posits that tradition is unavoidably destroyed by the New. On the contrary, the circular form of the Ganapati myth symbolizes the perspective of developing the New out of tradition.