Director of the play is Sadanam P.V. Balakrishnan which was performed by the group International Centre for Kathakali, Delhi. It is in Malayalam language.
The Play: Othello is a highly esteemed General in the service of Venice, who eventually marries Desdemona. Iago is Othello’s ambitious friend. Othello promotes Michael Cassio as a lieutenant and Iago is extremely jealous. Iago begins an evil and malicious campaign against the hero. Othello elopes with Desdemona but Iago starts to plot against them. Othello becomes jealous and suspicious of Desdemona, owing to her closeness with Cassio. He confides in Iago that he plans to poison Desdemona. Plots and murders ensue and Othello smothers his innocent wife to death. Emilia reveals the truth about the scheming Iago. Overcome with guilt, Othello wounds Iago, later killing himself.
Director’s Note:Ever since I took over as Principal of the International Centre for Kathakali, we have been engaged in the production of new and experimental plays. It was my desire, for a long time to produce world famous plays such as Shakespeare’s Othello and Macbeth on the Kathakali stage. With the help of my colleagues and disciple, I selected appropriate lines from the five act play of great poet, translated these and recomposed them into a Kathakali play (Attakatha).
The Director: Guru Sadanam P V Balakrishnan, the former Principal of the CK, New Delhi since 1980 to 2008, is an accomplished performer, he has impersonated probably all the important Kathakali characters and his performances have been acclaimed both by the media and the audience.
Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His major works, including some collaboration, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He apparently, retired to Stratford around 1613 at the age of 49, where he died after three years.