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சான் ஃப்ரான்சிஸ்கோ தமிழ் மன்றம் நாடகவிழா – டிசம்பர் 11 , 2004

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San Francisco Bay Area Tamil Manram Presents

MARGAZHI DRAMA FEST

Saturday December 11th, 2004 From 12:30 pm

Evergreen Valley School, 3300, Quimby Road San Jose, CA 95148

Benefits go to: Tamil Cultural Center Project

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12.45pm

Abirami Fine Arts presents ‘Shakthi ‘ – Explores the limitless power of human spirit as exemplified

by Abhirami Bhattar whose faith in the divine that can do everything was put to test by the King.

Written and directed by Bagirathi Seshappan.

2.15pm

Indra Parthasarathy ‘s ‘Nandan Kathai ‘– A video presentation of a drama that explores the classic

story of Nandhanaar with a cultural and social perspective. It brilliantly portrays the clash of

classical and folk culture and unhesitatingly mocks social oppression.

Directed by Prof. Ramasamy and performed by Thanjai Natakak kuzhu at the FeTNA 2003 conference.

4.30pm

Bharathi Nataka Manram presents ‘eNNangaL ‘ – Mystical East meets Rational WestஸTamil translation

of Ira Hauptman ‘s ‘Partition ‘, a drama that mixes realism and mysticism in narrating the story of

the mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Bharathi Nataka Manram has obtained the translation

rights for this festival. Don ‘t miss this drama that won rave reviews in the American press.

Directed by Balaji Srinivasan.

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Tickets: $10 (Sponsor Members), $13 (Basic Members),$15 (General Admission) for the entire

program.

For tickets, contact:

Mail-bag : 408-946-3131

Mani Manivannan : 510-796-2433

Karunakaran : 510-739-6598

Loganathan : 408-806-8330

For more details, visit http://www.bayareatamilmanram.org

For Directions:

http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp ?1a=&1c=SAN+JOSE&1s=CA&1z=&2a=3300+QUIMBY+RD&2c=SAN+JOSE&2s=CA&2z=95148

eNNangaL is a new play by Bharathi Nataka Mandram, directed by Balaji Srinivasan. It is a

translation of the popular play ‘Partition ‘ by playwright Ira Hauptman, who is an assistant

professor of Dramatics at Queens College, New York. The play is a semi-fictional narrative of the

interactions between the mathematicians Srinivasa Ramanujan and Prof.G.H.Hardy. The play brings

out the cultural divide between the two and their vastly different approaches to Mathematics.

Hardy was an atheist who believed in rational thought and mathematical rigor. Ramanujan had an

intuitive approach and believed that Goddess Namagiri wrote theorems in his tongue in his dreams.

In this play about the mystical East meeting the rational West, we get a fascinating insight into

the emotional struggles of the genius from Tamil Nadu who baffled the entire European mathematical

community with his unorthodox ways of thinking and relating to number theory.

‘Partition ‘ is one of the plays in the newly developing genre of plays with themes related to

science and scientific personalities. ‘Copenhagen ‘ (based on the conversations between Niels Bohr

and Werner Heisenberg) and ‘Proof ‘ were the plays that Other notable plays that have received

critical acclaim over the past couple of years include ‘Calculus: Newton ‘s Whores ‘ by Carl

Djerassi about the feud between Issac Newton and Godfried Liebnitz, and ‘Fermat ‘s Last Tango ‘ by

Joanne Lessner which is a hilarious play based on Andrew Wiles ‘ proof of the Fermat ‘s last

theorem. Plays like these and films like ‘A Beautiful Mind ‘ have moved scientific themes into the

mainstream.

‘Partition ‘ was staged by Aurora Theatre company at Berkeley and at other places and received wide

acclaim. It got good reviews from the media, including SanFrancisco Chronicle and SF Weekly. It

was hailed for depicting the complex issues that Ramanujan faced when he went to Cambridge invited

by Hardy. The partitions of culture were too much to fathom for these two people and Ramanujan

died an enigma, as future generations still struggle to fathom his genius and thinking.

eNNangaL is our effort to herald a culture of serious theater in thamizh in USA. The play is

easily accessible to the math-challenged. We hope to get people interested in diverse themes, ones

that thamizh stage has not seen before here. There is a lot of area to be explored and eNNangaL is

just a small step in that direction. We wish you would appreciate and give us your valuable feedback.

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pdf flyer is at:

http://www.bayareatamilmanram.org/Misc/NatakaVizhaAd.pdf

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