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In October 1991, twenty-five theatre enthusiasts comprising of actors, musicians, artists and scholars started working together under the direction of Chandradasan, a prominent theatre person, at Kochi, Kerala, India. This theatre company named as Lokadharmi has flourished as one of the important centre for theatre training, research and performance in India 1991 - Lokadharmi is launched. 1992 - a ten-day theatre workshop with the veteran director Kavalam Narayana Panikker and the production of the play Janame jaya in the workshop. 1993 - The play Karnnabharam is premiered. 1994 - Organizing of a festival of three plays Kalo Basti, Andhakarer Dheu, and Ahalya performed by Alternate Living Theatre group Calcutta, directed by Probir Guha in Bengali language, at Tripunithura. 1995 - Lokadharmi performs in the All India multi lingual theatre festival at Cuttack Orissa. It’s first ever performance outside Kerala. Wins the National award for the best play and best direction from the 110 plays from all over India. 1995 - A workshop on masks, its use in traditional theatre of Kerala and its application in contemporary theatre. 1995 - Production of Chathankattu an Indianised adaptation of The Tempest by Shakespeare is premiered. 1995 - Performance of the play Karnnabharam at the Festival of Letters Bangalore organised by Sahitya Academy New Delhi. 1996 - Performance of Karnnabharam in the International Theatre Olympiad in Cuttack, Orissa. 1996 - A workshop on Mime with Gautam Majumdar (NSD, New Delhi). 1996 - The play Poranadi, a play written by Kavalam Narayana Panikker in Malayalam is premiered. 1997 - A national Theatre festival is organised in December with the collaboration of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy at Tripunithura. The plays Seelavathi (Kannada play by Lalitha Kala Ranga Mariammanahalli, Karnataka, directed by M.B.Somanna;), Rai (Hindi play presented and directed by IPTA, Bhilai, Madhya Pradesh); Galileo (Tamil play by APTIST Pondicheri directed by Shibu.S.Kottaram;), Pancharathram (Malayalam play by School of drama Thrissur, directed by Ramesh Varma), Paani (Assamese play by Assam Acting Institute Gowhatty, directed by Indra Bania); Mavelipootham and Mandan Sipai (Children s plays in Malayalam presented by Rangachethana Thrissur directed by K.V.Ganesh), Manthareya Antharanga, (a Kannada monologue by Kalyani Bangalore, directed by Sandhya.S.) Meenai Maroo Louba- (Manipuri play by Elite Group of Performing Artists Imphal, Manipur, directed by Soibamcha Indrakumar) and Poranadi (performed by Lokadharmi directed by Chandradasan) have been performed. Also folk forms Ayyappan pattu, Kathakali, Seethankan Thullal, Ayyappan Thiyattu, Bihu dance, Yakshagana, Koodiyattam, Manipuri folk dance, Mohinayattam and Mudiyettu were showcased. 1998 - performance of the play Poranadi in International Theatre Olympiad, Cuttack . 1998 - A workshop on Acting in Classical theatre and its adaptation in contemporary theatre. Margi Madhu, eminent Koodiyattam artist collaborated with actors, directors and technicians from contemporary theatre along with the trained actors from Lokadharmi to exchange skills, techniques and methodology at Tripunithura in July 1998. 1999, - An improvisation workshop with Tuire Hindikka, Pirkko Kurikka (both from Finland). 1999 - Premiere of the Malayalam adaptation of Nandan Kadha by the Tamil Playwright Indira Parthasarathy. 1999 - The initiation of the Natakasala, an interactive body between artists and audience aimed to create a heightened theatre awareness, through sponsoring of  + Read More

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The play opens with the village of Valiyannur gearing up to stage Kaali Naatakam, after 51 years. This is a ritual where Goddess Kali triumphs over the demon king Darika. The ritual was stopped at Valiyannur temple after the actor playing Kali murdered the actor playing Darika. 
Now the ritual is being brought back with much fanfare and piety. This time, Darika’s part is played by a local landlord named Rama Kurup, notorious for his lecherous activities. Kali is played by a woman activist named Kali, who was at the forefront of the public protest against Rama Kurup. 
In a trance during the show, Kali murders Rama Kurup. But soon, the question arises whether Kali killed Rama Kurup or was it Goddess Kali restoring world order by murdering Darika. Religion challenges Police as Media plays up the sentiments. 
Beyond the obvious realms of imagery, the play attempts to ponder the philosophical angle of gender justice. It treats Goddess Kali as a symbol of woman empowerment. It is believed that women are empowered just enough to perform some specific tasks. Goddess Kali is created as Darika cannot be murdered by a man. But Kali has to settle down as an idol after venting her anger. 
But Kali in the play refuses to settle down. She keeps her anger simmering to keep fighting the injustices happening around. But the question is whether the society is ready to deal with such a Kali. 
This play which is presented by Lokadharmi, under the production of Chennai Film Factory. The play is directed and designed by Chandradasan. Sajitha Madathil has written the play and she plays the protagonist Kali in this play.
The location partners are CAC and Pepper house. The show will be on 19, 20 and 21 of August 2016, at Pepper house in Fort Kochi. .

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