All three plays enacted at Gyan Manch on Saturday evening led us into a world far from the given norms of society – be it a world similar to the mystical world of Indian folklores or a pure world of heart, one could easily keep away the worries of the monotonous social life…
● Khagam by Kolkata Romroma ●
By reading out Satyajit Ray’s Khagam for the first time on Kolkata stage, they successfully evoked the sense of horror, terror and mysticism prevalent in Indian folklores. The mysterious and horrific story about the shaap (curse) of the Sadhu, and the consequent conversion of the man to shaap (snake), did not for once seem unbelievable because of their effective expressional reading.
And the riveting background score and dimming stage lights added extra effect to the ambience created by the readers of the story. Enactment never seemed necessary as they, through their oral performance, had transported us to the forests of Bharatpur and the transformation of Dhurjati babu from a man to a snake would have definitely taken place in the minds of every audience member present in the theatre hall that evening.
● Waiting Room by Kolkata Romroma ●
They also presented Waiting Room, which was about unraveling the secret, almost buried desires of the mind and seeking brief freedom from the known world full of familiar faces. Burdened with duties and responsibilities of our social life we may keep on existing, but often forget to live our life.
Waiting Room has given us a glimpse of that life where we can actually let go of our fears and can ‘live unseen, unknown’ even though it’s only for a very short span of time. Such liberty can only be momentary and, hence, perhaps, they can only be found in the waiting rooms where we wait only until we commence the next journey, moving by the tracks.
● Dil Ki Duniya by Dil Ki Duniya ●
Dil Ki Duniya’s presentation of Ismat Chughtai’s Afsaanas has yet again triggered in our mind the spirit and passion of true love free from social constraints. Both the acts, Gharwali and Kafir were a commendation of non-conformity to societal norms.
Where Gharwali filled our mind with a sense of pathos, as we connected with a fallen woman who tries to hold on to a home of her own that the society restricts her from having, Kafir was efficacious in liberating our mind from the fear of religious differences and this concluding act of the evening left us with a refreshed mind as the two lovers walk away from their familiar surroundings to find a world of their own.