Theatre

Crispness saved it

Tamil play 'Kaleeswara Bhavanam' being performed at Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai. Photo: Aishwarya Ashok   | Photo Credit: Aishwarya Ashok

A bright young engineer has been working for an IT company for a short time, but is so brilliant, he is expected to soon rise to the post of CFO! One day he is shown the door, for alleged misbehaviour with women employees. He doesn’t even know who complained and why. But the ‘brilliant’ young man does not even ask for a proper enquiry!

His past includes a girl he fell in love with, but about whose background he knew nothing, not even the town she was from. But somehow she knew all about his antecedents!

Prepare for a willing suspension of disbelief, if you are going to watch Koothapiran Navabharath Theatres’ ‘Kaleeshwara Bhavanam’ (story, dialogue and direction N. Ratnam), staged as part of Kartik Fine Arts’s Kodai Nataka Vizha at Narada Gana Sabha.

The ease of dialogue delivery was proof of good rehearsing. Even the bubbly children spoke right on cue. But Ratnam, as Viswanatha Iyer, should, perhaps have ambled along even more slowly, considering Viswanatha Iyer’s given age — almost 90.

There was something simplistic about how events moved, to make it possible to establish the importance of the dictum: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But despite the logical slips, the play got by because of its crispness, and because the melodrama was kept to the minimum.


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