Inner Voices

What follows when a man looks into his past to find an answer for his present?

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: November 12, 2013 12:07:29 am

What follows when a man looks into his past to find an answer for his present? He is enveloped with feelings of hate,fear and “indecision and a sense of hypocrisy”. In playwright Chanakya Vyas’s solo play,Prelude,the character Mukund Desai,who is a middle-aged man,pauses his routine life and journeys into his past. The play,which is a production of Bangalore-based theatre group,Our Theatre,will be staged at the Akshara theatre,Delhi for the first time,on November 15.

Set in Vadodara of the ’90s,Desai (portrayed by Vivek Vinaykumaran) is a man whose father is a shop owner,and his mother teaches Hindi to school children. They have survived tragic circumstances and their son has been affected in some way by it. “The character wants to,through his life,search for the source of religious hypocrisy and his conditioning over time. He explores the idea of how certain religious communities over time have been forced into ghettoes and stay together,” says 28-year-old Vyas,who has done three productions so far. The play has been staged 16 times across India from 2012 at venues in Bangalore,Pondicherry and Manipur.

The 60-minute play has been titled Prelude,says Vyas,since it signifies the beginning of his search. “It is his way of understanding all the things that make him and,which he is not happy about,” he says.

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