At the intimate theatre space of Koothu-p-pattarai auditorium, 16-68 Ayyappa Nagar Main Road, Sri Ayyappa Nagar, Chennai- 600092. Entry Free. All are welcome. Wear Mask
M.D.Muthukumaraswamy’s eight Tamil poem plays offer a unique bouquet of mono act plays written in the form of dramatic monologues on contemporary themes. Drawing on the Mahabharata character, ‘Aravan’ the play presents poetic reflections on what it means to be a war sacrifice and a conscientious witness to a war. ‘Aravan’ transitions between actor, Mahabharata character and reflects on the transgender sexual politics and places the burden and the guilt of any war on the conscience of the spectators. ‘Madri’ a mono act play based on another Mahabharata character’s story (Pandu’s second wife) presents the view that woman is the life force of the universe. ‘Moisture’ (Eerappatham) depicts the inner struggles of a man tired of constantly running against competition and becoming alienated from the world. The play ‘Thirst’ (Thagam) wonders whether there is anything beyond physical attraction in man-woman love relationships. In the play ’Temple Mandap’, a voce reflects whether there is any equality in a life that is similar to a large number of people gathering and dispersing in a temple. The voice identifies itself with the most marginalised character in the temple crowd, a man psychologically deranged because of a false case of doubt imposed on him. ‘Adventurous mistake’ (saagasapizhai) pictures a life situation where an unnamed woman is asked to abort her just formed child by her faceless lover. Her reflections lead to her to decide that it is her right to decide whether to keep or abort the child. ‘Dust’ (thusu) presents absorbing reflections on how the life came into this planet. ‘Moment’ (Tharunam) is a contemporary lover’s desperate discourse about his inability to express love at the right moment. The contemporary themes of the plays and their powerful poetry make them memorable theatrical experiences.
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