Play ‘Nisabdam’ is a touching play on female foeticide. VELCHETI SUBRAHMANYAM
Exploring the unthinkable agony of a female foetus being terminated in the womb in a hospital, the play Nissabdam ( silence) — unfolded a poignant drama that kept the audience glued to seats at Kalabharathi Visakhapatnam. An able team of lady artistes of Barahmapur–based Karunasri Kala Samithi staged it with aplomb. The all-women cast further enhanced its emotional quotient. Termination of pregnancy means termination of life in its embryonic stage. Its legal sanction does not absolve those involved in it of inhuman act on moral grounds. Making the ethical and moral issues involved in the medical termination of pregnancy its focal point; the plot bared the flip side of our society in its gender discrimination.
Nothing else can be more safe and sound than a mother’s womb for a baby. However, unfortunately the womb turns into tomb for a female foetus in the name of medical termination of pregnancy because of morbid social compulsions in our system.
The play takes place in a hospital, where a footloose and fancy free Jayanthi, a software techie comes for termination of her pregnancy resultant of her living together with her boyfriend. There comes another housewife for termination of pregnancy for it was female foetus saying her in-laws are dead against having girl child at home.
The humane and socially conscious gynaecologist who heads the clinic tries her best to convince these women not go for an abortion.
She even goes to the extent offering to adopt their unwanted child. When Jayanthi insists on her legal right for termination of pregnancy and fulfils the required procedural conditions.
The doctor takes her permission in black and white and video graphs the whole process. She displays it and appeals to try and understand the mute agony of female foetus being terminated.
K. Vanaja, B. Rojalatha, B. Santilata, G. Keerthi, Bhanusri, Mounika and Amala took part. Though they are non professionals, the team did it with the flourish of seasoned artistes. K. Prabhakara Rao scripted it and PV Ramanamurthy directed.