Roysten Abel – The Manganiyar Seduction
The Manganiyar Seduction was first created for the Osians to open the film festival in Delhi.
The success of the show got it on the road and it was on it's European tour in July 2007. This project allowed Royesten to collaborate with the Manganiyar musicians for the first time.
Harmoniums – an Indian Instrument similar to the European accordion
Dholak – an Indian drum
Karthal – an Indian percussion instrument similar to the Spanish castanas
Kamancha – Indian equivalent to European cello
Sarangi – an Indian string instrument played like a violin
Bansuri -Traditional Indian Flute
Murli – A snake charmer's flute that sounds like a bagpipe
Morchang – mouth harp
Dhol – the main Indian base drum
Roysten was born in Kerala, South India. He did his schooling in Good Shepherd International School, Ooty and it was here that he started writing and directing plays. Little did he know then that he would continue doing this for life? He went to study commerce in college but dropped out twice after enrolling in two different colleges. Bored with commerce and business, which he had to do at his parent's insistence some strange providence made him ask himself what he had enjoyed most in his life till then and the only thing he could think of were the plays he had done in school. Off he discarded the family business, joined drama school, and informed his parents after he had taken admission.
Roy graduated from the national school of drama in 1994 and then went to apprentice with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the same year. He came back to India in 1995, founded the Indian Shakespeare Company, and as the name suggests his initial work was lot of straight Shakespeare. A major turning point in Roy 's life was in 1999 when he devised and directed Othello a play in black and white, which was his first original work. It went on to win the Scotsman fringe first award and since then has toured extensively around the world. This work got him national and international recognition and what followed was a spate of original works, which he conceived and directed. Some of these plays were produced in India and some in Europe.
He then started to work, with out of work street performers (Magicians, Jugglers, Impersonators, Snake charmers, Acrobats, Musicians, Puppeteers etc.) This work got noticed in Italy and he was invited to conceive and direct a play on Fellini in Rimini, which is Fellini's hometown in Italy . In that same winter he came down to India and created a play called the Spirit of Anne Frank, which starred the biggest female stars in the country. Soon after this he went on to do his first feature film In Othello that was his first step into cinema.
He has recently started to work with musicians creating theatre in music and his two productions The Manganiyar Seduction with 50 Manganiyar musicians and A Hundred Charmers with a hundred snake charmers is currently on world tour. Royesten just finished directing his latest production at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi with two thousands folk artists. He is also working on two Operas which are supposed to be premiered in 2008 and 2009. www.anmaro.com
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