Kala Manch retells Shakespeare1 min read
Manipal: Kala Manch, the theatre club of School of Communication (SOC), presented two Shakespearean plays ‘A Tempest’ and ‘Gulaab’, here at the Central Library Auditorium at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) on April 14.
While Tempest was a mixture of emotions with elements of seriousness, comedy, tragedy and mystery, Gulaab was an intense adaptation of the Shakespearean classic ‘Macbeth’. A Tempest, directed by Ansh Sethi, 2nd year student of SOC, was the first play of the evening. It explored concepts of colonizing and racism through the characters of Caliban, Gonzalo and Prospero.
Gulaab on the other hand was a re-adapted version of Macbeth in Urdu/Hindi, set in the Indian scenario. The concepts of death and hallucination formed the foundation stone for Gulaab. “Basically Gulaab is a play which tried to show the descent of a character from a present mental state of dominance, slowly diverging into paranoia. It is readaptation of Macbeth, which took me around one and a half years to make, and it is a proud moment of my life”, said Rounak Bose, a 2nd year student of SOC and director of the play.
The audience enjoyed two plays of contrasting nature. “The portrayal of the different characters in the plays was great. I would like to appreciate the team effort of the kalakars of Kala manch”, said Anju, a 1st year Masters student at SOC.