The call of the earth for a potter is the call of creativity. The play ‘Kalamkaariyude Kadha' (The tale of a potter woman) staged as part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival here on Friday night portrayed the conflict in a potter-woman who was so devastated by the death of her husband that she could not make any more pots and yet was intensely pulled by her inner self to continue to create beautiful urns and pots for which there were many takers.
The Malayalam play, presented by the Kala Patasala, Arangottukara, Thrissur, is also the story of anyone who follows their urge to be creative even in the face of adversities.
Kalamkaari, though shattered by the death of her husband, seeks refuge in the world of art because she cannot live without feeling the sanguinity of soil on her hands. She cannot even exist without making earthen pots and toys for children. Characters such as the flower girl, the thief and the children who from time to time appear on the stage are manifestations of her (Kalamkaari's) dreams of freedom and joy. She cannot survive without being close to them even when she is in an intense state of mourning.
The flower girl, the thief and the children, who show her the path to her creative existence, and the ghost (of her husband) who tries to drag her back, actually represent the dialectics of social expressions that influence the lives of each woman and each individual in society.
The play ends inspiringly when Kalamkaari, the creator, gives in to the irresistible call of the earth (her raw material for making pots) and begins to knead soil to make pots once again. “I cannot resist for long the call of the earth,” she mutters, as the rest of the characters, including the children, the flower girl, the thief and jesters, dance in joy. The play is directed by C.M. Narayanan.