Aaina signs off on a lighter note
Manipal: Aaina Dramatics, the official dramatics club of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), staged a 2-play event, Happily Ever Laughter, on November 15 at the MIT Library Auditorium. The plays were a conclusion to Dramataze, a 3-day theatre meet comprising of a street play, acting and script-writing workshops, coordinated by club members, Shreya and Pratyush.
The first play, A Fair Affair, directed by Dhananjay Soin and Avani Mogadala with an essentially sitcom-like appeal, focused on the pleasant and repulsive sides of relationships and marriages in the contemporary social setup. The play revolved around a dinner table conversation between two couples – Sagar and Ketki, who are at the brink of a divorce, and Akash and Reva, the quintessential happy pair.
Soon the tables turned, and Reva played by Avani Mogadala, transitioned from a loving housewife to a drunk, angry, alimony demanding woman through the course of the play. At the play progressed, both the couples realised the importance of their marriage and reconciled. When the play seemed to have achieved a happy ending, the dramatic sequence stopped at a cliffhanger leaving the audience cheering for more. Even serious moments coupled with puns and an apt comic timing lightened the mood of the dramatic piece.
The second play, Butter and Mash Bananas, was an unusual version of drama put together by directors, Mohit Indumukhi and Shiv Sondhi. An authentic political and social satire, this production displayed the difficulty in decision-making that one faces in their daily life. It also paid close attention to the disastrous consequences of powerful people’s misdoings on the innocent masses, and emphasised on the right to freedom of speech and expression.
From mocking the chaos in the Indian Parliament to shaming the hypocrisy of the Censor Board, the play managed to strike a chord with the spectators, as the protagonist interacted with audience members and provided a narration throughout the play.
Parodies, jingles and live orchestra during the scenes made it more lively and entertaining. “This was an abstract play and I really appreciate the fact that the audience understood the theme and applauded us. Beyond all the nervousness, the play was a fun experience for me,” said Anvesh Badamikar, a third year student of MIT, who played the protagonist’s role.
“Both the plays were really entertaining in their own respect. The open-endedness of the plays was a different aspect that I observed and liked,” added Abhinav, a second year student of MIT.
Edited by Shriya Ramakrishnan