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SCHOOL SCENES: `Vittabhagam Poorippikkuka' was a dig at the system.
SCHOOL SCENES: `Vittabhagam Poorippikkuka' was a dig at the system.

MANU REMAKANTH

`Vittabhagam Poorippikkuka' by Chilanka was a free adaptation of `Refund,' written by Frigyes Karinthy.

The title `Vittabhagam Poorippikkuka' (Fill in the Blanks) tweaked the curiosity of theatre lovers in the capital city. The viewers were required to fill the blank spaces, calculatedly left by child artistes who were out to prove a point or two.The one-and-a-half hour drama organised by Chilanka was a free adaptation of the famous short story `Refund,' written by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy.

Man and beast

The story begins with a scene inside a school in which the teachers sit idly. The interesting thing is that each teacher, including the principal, is a mix of man and beast. Everything is calm and quiet until a former student returns to the school demanding a refund of her school fees. She claims that the education provided by the institution was useless and has made her `good-for-nothing.' The headmaster snarls. The dance teacher hisses as she arches her back. The mathematics teacher scurries across the school squeaking and gnawing at the chalk pieces. Seeing that the woman is adamant, the school authorities decide to give her a test to prove that she is an intelligent woman thanks to her school education. The test proves to be a farce as the educators twist and turn the answers to make the incorrect answers seem to be the right one. At the end of the test, the authorities come to the conclusion that the woman is knowledgeable thanks to her school education. A dig at the system, Bichoos Chilanka, who directed the play, gave it an intentional twist with inclusion of the animal traits. "I don't want to hurt any one, but don't miss the truth in it," he says.`Chilanka,' has like-minded people sharing their vision of inculcating artistic ideas in children. For the last six years, the members have been giving extensive training to children in different parts of the State. Apart from stage performance, the children also handle the other aspects of staging a play like the music, stage arrangements and light.


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