Karuppu is a dance-drama representation of the movement of the ultimate Purusha and Prakriti energies through the birth, destruction and rebirth of the universe. It is a theatrical experience of the separation of Purusha from Prakriti that destroys the universe; however the destruction is not permanent, as nothing is. Only in the powerful destruction of the world and all its constituent materials and forms by Karuppu (Dark) energy is the reunion of Consciousness and Nature possible giving rebirth to all of existence. In this dance theatre performance we make and break the bonds that unite Purusha (the man) and Prakriti (the woman) through mythical characters including Iphigenie, Ophelia, Clytemnestre, Medea and Kali.

About the Director

Koumarane Valavane, a Franco-Indian, who left for France in his early years for his studies, started practicing theatre at a very young age. In the University of Marseille, he along with his friends created a cultural association named “Centre Culturel de Luminy ” and made theatre as his primary mission. After completing his research in Theoretical Physics from University of Marseilles, he founded his own theatre company “Natya”. Before returning back to India in 2006, for 3 years he worked as an actor at Théâtre du Soleil, a renowned theatre company in Paris, France.

With the rich experience of Contemporary Theatre gained from France, Koumarane returned to his home with a decision to continue exploring Theatre at home. There he met few young people passionate about acting and his thought begun to spread its roots. This small group connected by the passion to do theatre, decided to form a theatre group and created Indianostrum Théâtre in 2007.


About the Group

Indianostrum Théâtre was founded by Koumarane Valavane, a French-Indian Director in the year 2007, along with few young actors who were ready to gamble their flourishing careers in conventional fields over their passion for theatre. Indianostrum’s core aim is to expand the role of modern theatre in the cultural life of the country, by developing new modern texts, finding the specificities of Indian modern theatre, exploring its relationships with traditional forms and transcending political, social and historical divides.