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OPPRESSION: A scene from `Paavapatta Janmangal', a drama on the sufferings of transgenders, enacted in Salem. Photo: P. Goutham
OPPRESSION: A scene from `Paavapatta Janmangal', a drama on the sufferings of transgenders, enacted in Salem. Photo: P. Goutham

Special Correspondent

It was a power-packed portrayal by students of CSI Polytechnic and others

SALEM: Lights were dim and the scene was eerie and disturbing. A few shadows emerged on stage and used long sticks to beat a man who wailed on the floor. A simple beat from an earthen pot was the only background music.

Chinna Pandiarasu's `Paavapatta Janmangal' (Condemned Beings), staged by `Silambu' troupe, a bunch of students from the CSI Polytechnic and others, was a powerful portrayal in just 40 minutes, of the sufferings of transgenders in a society that frowns on them.

Chinna Pandiarasu, for whom dealing with social subjects is not new, succeeded in conveying the message in a telling manner. His song on their sufferings that reverberated from the background kept the small but select audience in a spell.

The delivery of expressions despite very little dialogue was distinct. The concluding remark was a passionate appeal to the transgender to get educated so that they also could be one day called in the society as `Madams.' "Only education could break the barriers of the social fetters that have chained them," it conveyed.

Social workers, poets and dramatists then spoke about the drama. Students of Don Bosco played the `parai.' Thakkai, a socio-cultural forum, which raises its voice against evils in society, organised the event.

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