“Flame of the Forest”, produced by the Just Us Repertory will be performed at Ranga Shankara on September 8 and 9.
This play is based on Kalki’s 1940 novel, “Sivakamiyin Sapatham”.
The 1,200-page epic saga is the valorising of Mahendra, the Pallava king. “Flame of the Forest” depicts the horrors of war.
The play goes on to prove that a modern classic can be reinterpreted by fresh analysis to show that human arrogance is the cause of war. Kalki’s historical romance re-forges the Ramayana myth and with nationalistic fervour. While the novel, mostly revivalist, has for its backdrop, the Tamil Renaissance and the Nationalist Movement, the play intervenes with pertinent questions from the present.
“Kalki’s work is about vira (valour) and shringara (love). My play, on the other hand, is about bibhatsa (disgust) and bhayanaka (terror), spawned by the hunger of power,” says writer-director Gowri Ramanarayan who has four plays to her credit.(Call 9986863615 for details.)