Crossing language barriers
Day 3 of Bharat Rang Mahotsav by National School of Drama was all about language dynamics. The plays performed were in a variety of languages like Bengali, Telugu, Polish, Hindi and English.Maya Bazaar, directed by R. Nageshwara Rao and presented by Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali hailing from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh was an exact blueprint of a mythological fable put together on the stage.The story revolved around the love story of Lord Krishna’s elder brother Balarama’s daughter Sashirekha and his sister Subhadra’s son Abhimanyu. Balarama is keen that Sashrekha and Abhimanyu settle down, but his wife Revathi acts as the vamp to interfere in their love. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Owing to pressure from his wife, Balarama plans his daughter’s marriage with Duryodhan’s son Lakshman Kumar. A dejected Abhimanyu along with Subhadra goes to meet his father Arjun and from there on begins the conquest to win over love.Performed in Telugu, Maya Bazaar had an ancient feel to it as it progressed. The characters of Krishna, Balarama, Abhimanyu looked like they wer coming straight out of the soap Mahabharata. The cherry on the cake were the special effects used where the audience witnessed the clash of arrows which resulted in catastrophic rain and lightning along with in sync sound effects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOver all, it was an entertaining play. The language constraint did create a hindrance in a few places but the credit should definitely be given to the special effects team. An experimental play, Maya Bazaar scored at making the audience comprehend the story.Landing directly from Poland, the play After the Birds attempted to answer the question ‘What is left after Aristophanes’ The Birds, ancient Greeks and their culture, and what do we have in common with them? The Polish play focussed on how humanity since time immemorial has been a victim to suppression by some supreme power and how we humans have been chained to never be able to enjoy our freedom to the core. The story played around the lines of birds and their lives and how they truly personify freedom.Directed by Jessica Cohen, Jim Ennis, Tomasz Rodowicz, the performance was an eclectic mix of dance, acrobatics, songs and emotions put together as a potpourri of genres and styles of theatre.The only minus point? You really had to pay attention because language once again served as a barrier. Some of the dance movements that accompanied the songs were not quite comprehensible. Gear up for the others as the show continues till 20th.