Yellamma and Other Stories
Yellamma and Other Stories
|Ticket Price:||₹ 300|
|Genre:||Storytelling, Folk music|
|Duration:||75 minutes (no intermission)|
|Age:||8 years and above|
|Director:||Curated by Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota|
|Cast:||Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota, Adithya Kothakota, Shruti Rao, Seethal Sharma, Sannidhi Surop, Suhas S|
|Location:||JAGRITI, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru, 560066|
Urban Folk Project is a young collective started by Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota and Adithya Kothakota. UFP is working towards the collection of intangible culture across Karnataka and exhibiting it in a contemporary context. This involves field research, documentation and curation of the content, among many other things.
Shilpa, accompanied by a chorus of musicians, tells the stories collected and compiled by the collective. The narrative (in English) will reveal the story of Princess Renuka who becomes Goddess Yellamma after going through testing times through her life. The story is interspersed with songs (in Kannada) from different regions within Karnataka. Also built into the narrative, are the stories of the remaining few folk practitioners of related forms who now serve as their mentors. The musicians are not permanent members of the band, but collaborators who have chosen to learn these songs and instruments to help their artistic sensibilities and better understand their collective histories.
Yellamma’s story is not a myth but the collective histories of people, especially, women and their trials and tribulations that echo from our past. Themes like sisterhood, motherhood, liberation, duty and quest for defining ones identity all make this telling relevant to us today.
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.