Nimmy Raphel [Pondicherry, IND]
Nidravathwam | 55 min
Kumbakarna and Lakshmana, brothers each to the two protagonists of the Ramayana, are connected by boons that dramatically alter their cycles of sleep and wakefulness. Kumbakarna, along with his brothers Ravana and Vibhishana, performed a major yajna and penance for Lord Brahma. When it was time to ask Brahma for a boon, his tongue was tied by goddess Saraswati (acting on Indra’s request). So instead of asking for nirdevatvam (annihilation of the Devas) he asked for nidravathwam (sleep) and his request was granted. Lakshmana, however, was allowed to give up his sleep completely and bequeath it to his wife, Urmila, for the fourteen years of his exile. In the course of time both boons seem to acquire the dimensions of a curse, as they each have an uncomfortable outcome.
Nimmy Raphel studied Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi at Kerala Kalamandalam. She is currently a resident actor, dancer, musician and puppeteer at Adishakti, practicing its methodology of theatre since 2001. Nimmy has performed with Adishakti at various venues, and disseminates its performance method through workshops held at the Adishakti space in Pondicherry. In 2010, she received the APPEX Fellowship. She is a recipient of the Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, 2012-13, and the Vinod Doshi Fellowship 2016. Currently, she is working with Vinay Kumar on his next production, Sita.
Credits + Credits
Creative Guidance: Veenapani Chawla
Light Designer and Operator: Vinay Kumar
Musician and Textual Support: Arvind Rane and Anoop Davis
Music Operators: Apoorva Arthur
Script, Direction and Performance: Nimmy Raphel