Knowing your law easily

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IT IS often said, "Ignorance of law is no excuse." But, for a common man, knowing law from the bulky legal texts by assimilating legal jargon is a tough task.

Yashwanth Sardeshpande, a dramatist known for his popular play, "All the Best", has ventured to make plays which will promote legal awareness. He is doing so with help from the Karnataka Legal Services Authority. Four such short plays were staged at the Town Hall on November 9, as a part of the "Legal Services Day".

The idea came from the Karnataka Legal Services Authority two months ago. This prompted Yashwanth to take up the task of legal awareness. "I was given real life incidents from the Authority. Based on these instances, I prepared the scripts, with the help of my advocate friend, Ravi Kulkarni," he said.

Each skit is of 20-minute duration. The four plays were part of the three-hour celebrations. The plays had messages galore. "Bhramanirasana" showed the importance of "legality" in marriage and divorce, "Chukkani" depicted the rights of women in the property of her husband, "Aasare" showed the rights of the women in her parent's property, and "Belaku" showed the way for an empowered woman to fight dowry harassment.Yashwanth, a product of Ninasam, directs the skits with a difference. He uses a new type of presentation called "docu-drama", where the documentaries are presented in dramatic style. He says: "This format makes the plays informative and constructive."

By Raghava M

Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

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