Music: Dr Sreevalsan J menon, Country of Production: India,
The sacred stage within the Koothamabalam, stands decorated and waiting in the glow of two tradition
The sacred stage within the Koothamabalam, stands decorated and waiting in the glow of two traditional lamps, for Pariskhit Chakyar to present his craft. As the rightful heir to his illustrious uncle and as the next in line of one of Keralaâ€™s most celebrated â€˜Chakyarâ€™ families, Parikshit knows that itâ€™s more than just a birthright to perform on a stage his ancestors have lovingly presented their craft for 5 generations. Itâ€™s an honour like none other. Over the next three nights in 3 performances spread over 5 hours, he will recite from memory over 3000 lines of verse and act out three mythical heroes, Arjuna, Sugreeva and â€˜Bhima'.He puts on the mask, makeup and the elaborate costume, and walks towards his first performance as a professional. In full glory and in full height of his inflated ego, as he walks, he meets a stranger. A Connoisseur of this art form. The man demands from him something Parikshit can never give. What does this Connoisseur asks from him and why does Parikshit find it impossible to give what he wants? Thatâ€™s the story of â€˜Aswadakan - the Connoisseurâ€™.
In part a suspense thriller, in part a study of the frailties of the human mind, set in the magical world of one of the most revered performing art forms of Kerala, - â€˜Koodiyatamâ€™, Aswadakan presents the tenuous relationship between an artist and his audience in a new light.