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Drama has a world of its own,where the characters gain semblance,and transform themselves into other people.

Written by AmritaJain |
November 11, 2010 12:32:46 am

Drama has a world of its own,where the characters gain semblance,and transform themselves into other people,so justly that it feels like a creation in itself. And across nations,it has been a unifying bond,for they display human emotions,where languages hardly pose a barrier. So perhaps that is one reason why plays easily transcend borders,settings and locations. For the last 25 years, Are there Tigers in Congo ,a Finnish play has been doing just that. The play,written by Swedish authors Bendt Alhfors and Johan Bargum in Finland,has been translated in nearly 60 languages- the most recent ones being Marathi and Hindi. The play will be staged in Pune on November 11 and 12. Translated by Shrikant Gadre,in both the languages,the play is sure to catch the flavor that is has built around it since the last two decades.

And so while the theme of the play revolves around understanding the complexities of human emotions,its story line too has been quite popular. Talking about the story,Gadre,who is also the director of the play shares,“There are two playwrights in this play,as two main characters. They are commissioned to write a humorous play on an important issue before their society. As the issue is serious,they are at loss to write a humorous play on it,which eventually leads to a lot of emotional built up. This play proves to be different as it deals with all these issues in an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval. And I think this is the reason why this play is being played the world over with such a stunning regularity.”

Titled,Congo Madhye Wagh Ahet Ka!,the play has two emerging actors of experimental theatre,Mandar Kulkarni and Devendra Joshi as its main cast who will be performing the play in three langauges- Marathi,Hindi and English. The 70-minute long play will be staged at Sudarshan Rangamancha,Shaniwarpeth. Speaking about his role,Mandar Kulkarni who has been into acting since 10 years,says,“ My character is that of a writer in the play,who is very emotional. It was quite challenging to portray the same and we have been preparing and improvising on it since 4-5 weeks.”

So while the play meshes the social and cultural viewpoints of the characters with their insecurities and the disturbing questions it throws up,it also tries to talk about human tendencies. Says Devendra Joshi,who is also portraying a playwright,“The interesting thing about the play is that it was written in 1985 and revised in 2001,and it still relates to the audience. And after the Marathi screening we will come out with the subsequent Hindi and English performances.”

(The play will be staged on November 11 and 12 from 7.00 pm at Sudarshan Rangamancha Shaniwarpeth Pune)

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