Aaina ventures into folk theatre2 min read
Manipal: Aaina, the official dramatics club of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), staged ‘Hayavadan’, a play centered on folk culture, in front of the full house MIT Library auditorium on Sunday, February 7.
Focusing on a man’s search for his own self among a web of complex relationships, Hayavadan by Girish Karnad is a reflection of the culture in the Indian Society. It is a play within a play with the narrator, depicting the events with the help of his own troupe of actors, which range from mythical beings to humans. Another striking feature was the incorporation of the local art form of Yakshagana, along with Yaatra and Bharatnatyam. Manjusha N, a first year student from Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, said “I had heard so much of the Yakshagana dance form in Manipal. It was fascinating to watch the actors bring about new kinds of movement in a theatrical production.”
Anvesh Badamika, one of the assistant directors explains, “Hayavadan is a complicated play from the directorial perspective. It is an undiluted saga of the human emotions as the script from Karnad is terse and very mature.”
The entire play was performed using minimal sets and props. While Aaina has performed with a live band before, this was the first time that they had classical musicians performing live, along with vocals being rendered for the performance.
The play, which almost ran for three hours, managed to retain the audience till the very end. “The MIT Library Auditorium is much smaller than the Syndicate hall, and in spite of this space constrain, I loved how they pulled it off. The actors did a good job. The music was very soothing and set the mood for the theatrics of it,” said Shreya Vatika, a second year student of Department of Commerce.
Edited by Kavana Desai