ADA’s multi-themed play shone despite unexpected rain2 min read
MANIPAL: The new recruits of ADA dramatics, a theatre group of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), performed a street play in front of the Food Court-1, on September 24, unmoved by the unexpected rain. The play was multi-themed, titled “Aaj Ka Bharat Aapka Bharat”, raising relevant issues like the current political scenario, media hypocrisy, and feminism.
The group started the play by depicting their messages in an abstract manner; one of the actors enacted a newspaper, giving an insight into the incidents. This was followed by a satirical and poetic criticism of politicians and their policies, depicting the blame game that occur between Indian political parties. The role of the media in bringing such scenarios before the masses was highlighted. The play was designed to bring awareness to the audience’s awareness the current issues in the political and social system of the country, and the Indian media’s role in it.
The second segment, which focused on the mythological character of Ravana, had some deplorable and ironic moments that infused themselves with entertainment. Isha Gadgil, co-director of the play, described the second segment, “Ravana kidnapped Sita and for that, he has been called names by the people for countless years. But they forgot that Ravana never touched her. But when a rapist rapes, whether juvenile or not, he is more of a devil than Ravana himself.” In this segment the performers touched upon the themes of feminism and rape, showing the difference between a rapist and the mythological devil, Ravana. “We wanted to depict through the scene that rapist is more horrendous than the mythological devil,” Isha added.
The final segment consisted of songs, actions, and dialogues that emphasised the need to break silence and ignorance and act as the youth of the nation. The performers was lauded for their art; Atishay a first-year from MIT, said “The street play was fabulous. I enjoyed the play because I could see how the actors were really into it.”
The venue stayed alive with action for a long time as both members and audience involved themselves in the thrill of the performance.
“It was excellent and they pressed on social issues, like how media works and how people are diverted from actual issues. I think it was great,” said Aditya, MIT.
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Edited by: Disha Acharya