Dinakara, a Delhi-based Kannada theatre troupe, is staging several Kannada plays as part of Havyasi Rangotsava at Bhoomigeetha stage on June 4 and 5.
Halla Kolla Neeru, directed by Sri Chandrakanta Koosanoora, Paatradharini, Raktha Rathri are the plays that are being staged as part of the Rangotsava.
HALLA KOLLA NEERU
Halla Kolla Neeru directed by Sri Chandrakanta Koosanoora is an absurd drama renowned in the 1970s and had several shows. The three characters a, ba, and ka of this drama are a reflection of multiple facets of humankind such as character, passion, hatred, selfishness, and cleverness. Though being a social animal, he is losing identity day by day due to the craving for returns from each relationship and labour. His ownership attitude expects everyone to lend a hand to him, but has no sense of gratitude for favors received. This psyche of the human race is degrading human values and he is becoming alone detached by relationships. It is interesting to see how this drama unfolds on the stage like a collage art, unpacking a picture of human relations and mentalities.
This story is shaped from the bunch of words by Dr Lohit Naaykara. Both the characters from Paatradharini are powerful. The struggle between classes, poor-rich, labourer-landlord; the groups exploited due to the colour-caste shackles; the mental agony caused due to the injustices in the society; labeling those who break away from these shackles and become rebellions as antisocial, the ploy in suppressing them under the framework of law; sacrifice of the innocent for political gains… The drama is like a handheld mirror to the fake people who know all about such incidents/conditions but live under garb of innocence.
It is the narration of the happenings on the last three days of the Mahabharatha. The content of the play assumes severe competition between Lord Krishna’s machinations and Shakuni’s manipulations. After the demise of Dronacharya, Aswathama waits to avenge his father’s death. Though Karna becomes the commander, he dies at the hands of Arjuna. In the mace fight that ensues later, Bheema smashes the thighs of Duryodhana. Looking at the plight of Duryodhana, Aswathama takes a vow to get the heads of Pandavas in revenge as per Duryodhana’s desire. On the night of 18th day, Aswathama attacks the Pandava’s camp as wrathful Rudra. Mistaking Upa Pandavas for Pandavas, Ashwathama cuts their throats and takes away their heads. The plays with Ashwathama losing the precious stone (mani) on his forehead.
B Narayana, A T Srineevas, Shashidhara Munavalli, Ahsalatha Mahadeva, Savitha Nelli, Delipa Bapat, Kumara Ritikva, Vidya Bhat, Krishnaraj Nelli, Shilpa Haripriya and others are in the main cast. For more information, contact 9449653300.