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Heart on stage

When two weeks ago,a skit was enacted to generate awareness among cancer patients regarding various issues related to the disease,the Hiremaths realised the potential of the medium to reach a wider audience.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE |
May 13, 2009 9:41:26 pm

Two leading cardiologists come together to generate mass awareness on cardiovascular diseases through the medium of drama

When two weeks ago,a skit was enacted to generate awareness among cancer patients regarding various issues related to the disease,the Hiremaths realised the potential of the medium to reach a wider audience. So when Satish Kulkarni,the writer of the play,agreed to write a script also for the cardiovascular diseases,the doctor-brother duo did not look back. Cardiologist Dr Shirish Hiremath (MS) and Dr Jagdish Hiremath will be staging a play titled Heart by Hiremaths on May 15 at the Balgandharva Rangmandir,where they will aim to diffuse the anxiety accompanying heart-related ailments.

A humorous play,Heart by Hiremaths tackles the problems related to cardiovascular diseases,on a lighter note. “We know cardiovascular problems are today causing so many deaths. They are growing and the rate of their growth is escalating. It is very serious,but to reach the masses,we have decided to prepare the content that will make them laugh about the whole thing. But at the same time,explains the gravity of the situation in an interesting and comprehensive manner,” says Jagdish Hiremath.

Instead of generating awareness in seminars,where the turnout is comparatively low,the duo went ahead with this novel way of informing people about the diseases. The reason for this initiative,they say has been the scientific terms and explanations related to the diseases. “In the play,we are making people understand things by associating them with their day-to-day routine. So the picture,which now we give to people,will be more comprehensive and practical,” says Shirish Hiremath.

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The two-hour-long play revolves around a man who has been donated a free heart. His search now begins to find a man who is in need of a healthy heart. In due course of choosing the most needy person for a heart transplant,the man comes across different sections of people suffering from different types of heart disease. “The man meets a slum dweller whose heart is in a bad condition due to alcohol abuse and then,there’s an executive who has a heart disease due to high blood sugar levels,” elaborates Dr Jagdish.

The doctors make an entry at every strategic point to explain about the diseases. “After every person he meets and the heart ailment comes to forefront,the doctors explain more about that particular disease,its prevention and cure. Measures to keep a check on the disease are also listed in points,” explains Dr Shirish.

(This series of skits will be launched this Friday at the Balgandharva Rangmandir.)

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