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Actors all: Students of Memunda HSS who came first in the high school category drama competition at the Kozhikode Revenue District School Arts Festival at Vadakara on Saturday. — PHOTO: K. RAGESH
Actors all: Students of Memunda HSS who came first in the high school category drama competition at the Kozhikode Revenue District School Arts Festival at Vadakara on Saturday. — PHOTO: K. RAGESH

At a time when globalisation and foreign direct investment heat up public discussions and debates, a social satire staged by the students of Memunda Higher Secondary School stole the attention of theatre admirers on the concluding day of the Kozhikode Revenue District School Art Festival at Vadakara on Saturday. ‘Made in China,’ a play staged by the students in the high school (HS) category, stated how new-generation consumers, crazy for Chinese products, sidelined native articles.

The storyline of the play, which won ‘A’ grade and a ticket to participate in the State-level school festival, develops imaginatively by showcasing the craze of a native king for Chinese products for adorning his palace. The king was earlier in love with native artefacts and curios, but suddenly his interest changed in favour of Chinese products.

“What we could effectively communicate to the audience was the gradual fall of that king and the ruin of his empire. The story could be equated with the present scenario where people are so obsessed with the foreign goods, unable to understand the value of our own products,” said P.V. Amal and Gokul Das who acted in the play. They also claimed that their story could pass on a timely message to the audience.

The costumes and stage setting of the play too pulled the crowd to the location. All the boys acted in the drama had artfully shaped ‘kuduma’ which doubled the impact of their roles as the close aides of the king in the palace. A.S. Hari Vishnu, who played the role of the king, bagged the best actor award also for the same play.

“It was a 20-day meticulous training given by our director Sunil G. Vakkom that helped us to shine on stage,” said Hari Vishnu. Several of the students who acted in the play were first-timers, he said.

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