Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s theatre festival featured a range of themes

Apr16,2024


Karpanai Kudhirai's Tamil play Tiruchiyai Meetha Sundarapandian was staged at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.

Tiruchiy Meeta Sundarpandian, a Tamil play by Karpanai Kudhirai was staged at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai. Photo Courtesy: SR Raghunathan

theater career of kudhirai Tiruchiya Meetha Sundarpandian It's about three people, all trying to run away from their problems. After much bargaining, the taxi driver Sundarapandian (Rajbharat) agrees to take Mohanpriya (Subhiskha) to Tiruchi. Mohana has been running away from home for a month! On the way, Peter (Navneet), a reporter hoping for a scoop in Tiruchi, and Thanikachalam (Parmesh), who has been rejected by his girlfriend, also move in. The so-called problems of these three are exaggerated. In Mohana's case, she only wants her mother's attention. Peter, who loves his wife very much, is unable to accept her premarital romance. Thanikachalam's love is only online. And yet, he wears a grim expression. With his worldly philosophy, Sundarapandian ultimately helps his travelers bury the ghosts of the past.

From Tiruchiya Meeta Sundarpandian

From Tiruchiy Meeta Sundarpandian
, Photo Courtesy: SR Raghunathan

Thanikachalam was entertaining with its mixed metaphors and stream of nonsensical messages. Was the name of the character Peter intentional? In Tamil Nadu, “Talking Peter” means to show off by talking in English all the time. And this is exactly what the character Peter does in the early stages of the play. The excerpts from songs from old Tamil films, which hinted at upcoming scenes, was a smart touch.

Writer-director Vedrun Rajkumar safely stated in his introduction that the play was an “attempted comedy”. This was exactly it. Arunkumar's journey to Tiruchy had started well, but he still had a lot more to travel to come up with a complete comedy.

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A scene from the blackout.

a scene from Darkness, , Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

in theater Darkness, (directed by Raghavendra Siva and Sabarivas), Namasivayam (Bharath Vinayakmurthy) is an extremely miser, yet his son tries to snatch money from him. Namasivayam's daughter is in love, but her father will not give his consent for the marriage. Namasivayam takes the compliments of a young, attractive Manjula as genuine, not realizing that it is a way of getting him to donate to some charitable cause. There is going to be a mandatory blackout that night, necessitated by the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Each character makes secret plans for the night, unbeknownst to the others.

The daughter is planning to run away. Namasivayam's wife decides to help her brother without her husband's knowledge. Namasivayam decides to meet Manjula. As if this was not enough, a drunkard wanders into Namasivayam's house. A man suffering from severe stomach pain comes to consult Namasivayam's son, who is a doctor. And all this happens at the same time. There is a comical mix-up as each character enters a house where the lights have been turned off. Of course, the stage was perfectly lit, and if not for the team's excellent acting and carefully choreographed direction, the scene would have been a failure. The characters bump into each other “without seeing” and mistake their own relatives for someone else. When the lights come back on, everything is back in order. While all the actors played their roles well, the acting honors went to Bharat Vinayakmurthy as Namasivayam. Nice show, Team TheatreKaran.

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