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Aiyappan And The Magic Horse (English)

Author : P Rajagopal, Hanne M. de Bruin, Evelien Pullens

The script of this contemporary play in traditional style is presented in this book, and includes stage directions so that others can perform it in their own ways. The rich photographs of the children at play and at school and the engaging design of the book capture the colours, look and feel of a live Kuttu performance.

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Age 10+
Book Details 72 pages; 7" x 8"; full colour; soft cover
ISBN 978-81-8146-153-7

Fifteen-year-old Aiyappan lives in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu, India. He learns a form of folk theatre called Kuttu at the Kattaikuttu School run by the master-teacher, Kuttu vaathiyaar, P Rajagopal. He also learns Maths, Science, Languages and Computers, along with his classmates – many boys and some girls. Their teacher has written an unusual play, The Magic Horse, especially for them – a play about a strange encounter between two children and two aliens. As the children rehearse for their first public performance, they learn to sing and dance and to speak a new kind of alientalk . . . Pada pada pandi! Kida kida kindi . . .! The script of this contemporary play in traditional style is presented in this book, and includes stage directions so that others can perform it in their own ways. Contrasting with the dramatic vigour of the book is a gentle narrative that offers glimpses into the Kuttu tradition, the life of Kuttu artists and their environment, the dreams of Aiyappan and his friends, and how girls, too, want to perform Kuttu. By focusing on a local, traditional folk art, the book helps children make connections with people who live outside their own familiar worlds. More importantly, the book builds bridges between cultures and worlds and experiences. The rich photographs of the children at play and at school and the engaging design of the book capture the colours, look and feel of a live Kuttu performance. A note for teachers and a reading list add value.