Shraddha’s latest presentation, a collection of three short plays, will be staged from August 2 and 5, 7 p.m., at Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road.

The plays -- ‘Madi Neruppu,’ ‘Irandavathu Maranam’ and ‘Andharangam’-- are written by Anand Raghav, his second venture with Shraddha. His earlier play was ‘Doosra- The Story of Cricket.’

Each of the short stories, of about 30 minutes, essays three scenarios which bring out the conflicting influence of faith and doubt on the protagonists.

‘Madi Neruppu’ deals with the effects of urbanisation on individual lives. Siva’s peaceful life is shaken by the murder of his neighbour and long time friend. From a position of comfort and peace, Siva is pushed into paranoia and fear. The play is directed by Kathadi Ramamurthy, V. Ramesh, T.D. Sundarajan and Shivaji Chaturvedi.

‘Irandavathu Maranam’ narrates the agonising wait of a loving son at his father’s death bed. The poignant story also talks about how extraneous circumstances affect our conviction. G. Krishnamurthy is the director of this play with Girish and Suchitra Ravi playing the main roles.

‘Andharangam’, the third play, opens with an unusual situation. Deepti and Nikhil, a newly wed couple, who have not found the limits of their personal space encounter a unique problem. This play, the author’s favourite, promises to be an intriguing, multi layered portrayal of human emotions. Swaminathan, the youngest of the Shraddha team, directs this play and also plays Nikhil. Kavitha, who has become a regular player in Shraddha’s recent dramas, plays Deepti.

Balaji, Sridhar, Chandru, Bala, Haripriya, Venkat, S.L. Naanu, Anand Raghav and Cheenu and others play small but powerful characters in the three plays.

Chandrashekar, a senior guitarist, is the music director. Lights will be managed by Chetta Ravi and Kumar is in charge of make-up.

The plays are sponsored by Kartik Fine Arts Club, Narada Gana Sabha, Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha and Brahma Gana Sabha. Tickets are priced at Rs. 100 and Rs.200 and are available at Narada Gana SAbha. For details, contact Shivaji Chaturvedi at 98402 08583.

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