Packed hall greets the 33rd production of the Tiruchi Nataka Sangam
It is a play on a revolutionary theme, not usually handled by playwrights or directors. Obviously, the FGN Hall at Rasika Ranjana Sabha here was packed to the brim on Saturday.
The title itself suggests the central theme of the drama. Oru Nanbanin Kathai relates to the struggles and challenges being faced by lesbians across the world.
Mithra, the main character of the drama, discovers that she is a lesbian. It is by chance that she realises her nature while participating in a cultural programme in the college. In the event, she dances with a woman only to find that she has the character of lesbian.
After a prolonged struggle within her, she divulges this fact to her boyfriend (Pappu).
Mithra finds that she is isolated — socially and lacks adequate support from kith and kin.
None of them volunteers to realise the difficulties and agony of a lesbian. On the other hand, criticism comes to the fore, offending her sentiments.
She falls in love with another lesbian Naama.
But Naama under domestic and social compulsions, marries a man, deserting Mithra.
Finally, at the height of dejection, Mithra commits suicide.
“The drama focuses on the social stigma against lesbians. They should be part of society and the masses should develop a sense of inclusiveness, without any hatred or hurling any disgust against them,” says R. Rajendran, a drama critic, who introduced the play to the audience.
There should be a change in the outlook of the society towards lesbians.
They need no sympathy but only empathy, he says. The play is a production of Tiruchi Nataka Sangam.
It is directed by N. Jambunathan.
While Rani Jaya plays Mithra, S. Viji dons the role of Naama.
Three characters — Pappu is played by R. Sibirajan, Kar. Velazhagan, and D. Adhityan. “These three characters add life to the story through a prompt delivery of dialogue and acting.
The drama is a translation by Gowri Ramanarayanan.
It was authored in Marathi by Vijay Tendulkar, a popular dramatist.
This is the 33-rd production of the Sangam which concentrates on western and progressive themes.