Komal Theatres adapts to stage quick tales by eminent Tamil writers

A scene from Akbar Sastri staged by Komal Theatres lately at Narada Gana Sabha.
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Dharini of Komal Theatre introduced stage variations of quick tales, below the auspices of Karthik Advantageous Arts. The bouquet included Bimbam (R. Chudamani) and Suriyan (Sujatha), which have been staged in 2018 and 2019. Bimbam is a couple of lady’s dilemma — ought to she commerce her independence for a wedding that appeals to her? Suriyan offers us a imaginative and prescient of a daunting future, the place the world has been ravaged by a nuclear apocalypse.

Effectively-modulated presentation

Thi Janakiramman’s Akbar Sastri takes place within the compartment of a practice. The chief protagonist Akbar Sastri, has acquired the moniker ‘Akbar’, as a result of, like Emperor Akbar, he borrows good concepts wherever he finds them. He tells a fellow passenger about residence cures for varied sicknesses and about his age defying well being. He has by no means as soon as consulted a physician. However the garrulous Sastri collapses all of the sudden, and it’s clear that his finish is close to. Earlier than he breathes his final, he mentions a relative who lives close by, making it straightforward for his fellow passengers to tell the railway authorities. Thus, self-reliant Sastri takes care of every part until the top. Shantaram’s modulated dialogue supply introduced out the forcefulness of the character.

An adaptation of Sujatha’s Kaalai Ezhundavudan Kolai, staged at Narada Gana Sabha recently.

An adaptation of Sujatha’s Kaalai Ezhundavudan Kolai, staged at Narada Gana Sabha lately.
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A light-weight-hearted homicide thriller

Sujatha’s vary was broad, and his homicide mysteries have been riveting. However, Kaalai Ezhundavudan Kolai, which Dharini had picked, isn’t actually a thriller, as a result of there isn’t any detection concerned right here. Neither is it macabre or horrifying. It’s a humorous tackle the reactions of individuals, after they worry that they might be dragged right into a homicide case, and will must face police interrogation. Janardhanan finds a lifeless physique in a park. He’s too scared to report it to the police. His spouse’s creativeness runs riot. She is bound he will probably be arrested for not informing the police, and he or she should run round in search of a lawyer to bail him out. She is satisfied he will probably be convicted. She even thinks about scheduling weekly visits to the jail! Who would have thought a brief story a couple of homicide could possibly be such enjoyable? Krithika Shurajith because the panicky spouse and Anand Sahasranamam because the edgy Janardhanan made the play pleasing.

Manidha Uravugal, an adaptation of Komal Swaminathan’s story of the same title, was staged at Narada Gana Sabha recently.

Manidha Uravugal, an adaptation of Komal Swaminathan’s story of the identical title, was staged at Narada Gana Sabha lately.
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Of relationships and values

Manidha Uravugal is an adaptation of Komal Swaminathan’s prize successful story of the identical title. Annam (Dharini Komal) and Ravindran (Sashi Kumar) are the aged mother and father of Ashok, who lives within the U.S. and has not visited them for seven years. Murugan is their normal factotum. Murugan is a honest employee, however he takes depart for 4 days a month, to be together with his mother and father within the village.

Ashok lastly arrives to spend just a few days together with his mother and father, however the go to is lower quick for enterprise causes, and he leaves the identical day, with out even having a correct dialog with them. Annam and Ravindran are heartbroken. When it’s time for Murugan to make his month-to-month go to to his village, they determine to accompany him, to pay their respects to his mother and father, for Murugan’s mother and father have taught their son the worth of human relationships. Annam and Ravindran are glad such sentiments are stored alive in villages.

However is it actually about being in a village? Dad and mom blame their youngsters for his or her selfishness, however how a lot of it’s as a result of mother and father themselves? If mother and father inform their youngsters in regards to the significance of a profitable profession, however little else, how can the youngsters be faulted in the event that they develop as much as be egocentric? That is the place Murugan’s mother and father have scored, and Ashok’s mother and father have clearly failed.

To this reviewer, that’s the key takeaway of the play, though the play doesn’t explicitly present Ashok’s mother and father doing a self -analysis and coming to the conclusion that they may have failed as mother and father. However that’s the great thing about this story. It may be seen from extra angles than one.

The LED designs by Thyagarajan have been modern. Grasp Ashiq, because the little boy Ravi in Suriyan, delivered his strains with aplomb. There’s a treasure trove of Tamil quick tales simply ready to be explored for his or her dramatic prospects. Dharini Komal have to be complimented for bringing a few of them from web page to stage. One hopes the journey continues.

Thi Janakiraman
Dharini Komal
Akbar Sastri
Kaalai Ezhundhavudan Kolai
Manidha Uravugal

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