Archive for September 20th, 2008

Drama review: Oo… lavve jeevana saakshaatkaara

September 20, 2008

A new play presented by the noted theatre personality Mr. Yashvanth Sardeshpande. As usual it is identified as commedy, but involved with serious issues like communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims. Though this play is originally written by Mr. Sanjay Mone in Marathi, Yashvanth has been succeeded in translating it into Kannada. When it comes to presentation it seems like it has been not fully succeeded in meeting the expectations of the audience of the theatre.
In the begining itself, Yashvanth says that this drama has songs, dances, romance etc. But he has not put any special effort to add these ingredients as well. He has used only recorded songs of Kannada and Hindi films instead of original music system, which should have been used to make the play more lively.
The dances of actors look very odd to the theatre culture.
No doubt, Mr. Yashvanth is basically a creative person in the field. Here he has been ‘innovative’ by addressing the cassette operator who has been considered as back-stage worker in the theatre.
Yashvanth as a narrator of the drama, often interacts with the hero and heroine of the play. Ofcourse one could remember the experiments of T.P. Kailasam’s some plays, where playwright himself interacts with the roles. But here, interference of the narrator creates abrupt among the audience. The dialogue telling repeatedly that ‘I am the narrator…’ really irritates us. Narrator is more active where roles have been more passive in this play.
In the role of Ramachandra Hublikar alias Anil Pradhan, Pramod Shiggaon gets 100 marks. He proves himself in his job including body language as well as dialogue delivery. Ofcourse, Bhadravati Padubidre alias Ruksana Sahiba (Gouri Mahalinamane) also good at both but when she becomes old age woman, she does not bother about body languaue. One can realise that actors can not persuade the audience only by costumes.
The playwright seems like he himself is in confussion about the theme of the play. Some times it has concentrated on communal harmony and some where on issues like women/caste reservation.
Totally the play as it includes the story of middle-class family, it attracts the people of middle-class. As the slogan printed in the invitation, the ‘laugh’ is definitely available in this play.
-Sangamesh Menasinakai