Theatre

Social themes to the fore

A scene from the play "Chivari Adhyayam" Photo: C.V.Subrahmanyam

A scene from the play "Chivari Adhyayam" Photo: C.V.Subrahmanyam  

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A three-day playlet competition saw the enactment of social themes presented against a family backdrop.

The fourth edition of three-day annual Rao Gaopalarao social playlet competition saw the presentation of contemporary issues at Kalabharati Visakhapatnam. In all, five troupes from Andhra and Telangana regions took part in the event. One troupe could not make it due to the health condition of a lead actor in the team.

Each of the plots essayed a contemporary issue against a family backdrop. Political chicanery and hooliganism formed the theme of one and the inscrutable ways of life and its emotive impact structured the plot of another. While one sought to harp on the importance of selfless social service, another picked up the thread of the significance of Indian culture and the other stressed the importance of sharing our surplus earnings for development of society. Each team staged their respective presentations with a highly competitive spirit treating theatre buffs to thought-provoking fare.

Artistes of renowned thespian SK Misro’s Bahurupa Nata Samakhya staged the play let ‘ Chivari Adhyayam’(The Last Chapter) which bagged the first prize. Strange are the ways of life and enigmatic are the turns it takes in its journey from womb to tomb, this simple strand was presented in a superb manner .

A father, in the evening of his life, wishes to breathe his last under his own roof. Being middle class man, he struggles hard all his life tending to his family responsibilities. With the post-retirement benefits, he plans to construct a house in his village much against the demands of his sons for his money. He poignantly recalls how, his doting mother was taken out of the house in her eleventh hour as the house owner felt her death under the roof is inauspicious. .

The sensitive person firmly resolves to avert such a situation and goes for a house in village and realises his dream of own house. After the sudden demise of his wife, he gets a paralytic stroke and becomes invalid. In his eleventh hour people around take him out as death under the roof was not good as per tradition. His aatma screams against go in vain. The plot, in a way, theatrically validates the dictum man proposes God disposes.

The performance bore the distinct stamp of Misro’s directorial excellence all through.

In particular, the presentation of the father’s aatma, that comes talking behind him in his shadow through another actor, Misro’s typical gait and mannerisms as an old man, all pepped up the presentation, heightening its dramatic impact.

Ch Durga Sarada playing his wife displayed remarkable grasp and command over the dialectical nuances of her dialogues. B Achhiyya Naidu, Murthy, Appana Kumar and Hema did their roles well.

Artistes of Sagari Chilakaluripeta enacted the play let ‘ Nalla Samudram’ (Black Sea). It won the second prize. It was about political manipulations and how the entry of hooligans into politics plays havoc with lives of people.

Soundraya Bharatam by Murthy Cultural Association Kakinada, Matruka by Sirimuvva Culturals Hyderabad and Malli Modalupettakandi by KJR Cultural Association Secunderabad took part in the event. A Creative Makers in Events (ACME) hosted it.

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