Mandals have become premier platforms for spreading social awareness. Several mandals adopt social issues as their themes.
Arjun Jangawali,president of Araneshwar Mitra Mandal of Gawali Wada,said,We are shocked at the rising incidents of crime against women. We have roped in professional actors and volunteers to stage a play called Nako Awahelana Stri Janmachi (dont be contemptuous towards women).
Elucidating the plot of the play,Jangawali says We are addressing the five common ways women get violated and harassed,which will be tackled in five acts. The first act has a woman getting eve-teased and the second shows a woman being gangraped. The third act tells the story of a woman raped and murdered in the fields,the fourth tackles dowry and in the fifth,actors will discuss the consequences of rape.
Sainath Mandal Trust in Budhwar Peth believes that theatre is the best medium for raising awareness. It tackled child molestation last year and has now taken up the cause of organ donation. Piyush Shaha,a member of the trust,says,There are over 5 lakh deaths in the country each year due to organ failure. Only 200 lives are saved through transplants. People who wish to donate their organs must intimate their family.
Shaha,who is the director,writer and set designer of the play,said,We will present a story in which where before a couples son dies,he expresses the desire to donate his organs. His mother supports his decision,but his father doesnt. Eventually they donate the organs and save a life. The family of the rescued thank the parents of the deceased donor. At the end,everybody pledges to donate their organs.
Jawahar Mitra Mandal in Rasta Peth wants to end corruption. The nation puts its trust in a government and is repeatedly betrayed by it. Corruption eats into the economy and paralyzes the whole nation, says Valmik Jagtap,president of the mandal. He adds,The people must know who these miscreants are. Therefore,we are putting up newspaper clippings of reported cases of corruption all around our pandal. The cause will be reiterated through street plays on all days.