Staff Reporter, Bhopal
BHEL Ayyappa Mandir is celebrating its 36th Pran Prathishta Anniversary. On this occasion on 21st April, Rangadhara theatre performers presented the great and well known play ‘Andhayug’ (original in Hindi) in Malayalam.
Dharamvir Bharti’s Andhayug, regarded as one of the most significant plays of modern India was written immediately after the partition of the Indian subcontinent. Andhayug focuses on the last day of the Mahabharata war. The ramparts are in ruin, the city is burning and Kurukshetra is covered with corpses, foxes and vultures. The few bewildered survivors of Kaurava clan are overcome by grief and rage. Longing for one last act of revenge. The figure of Krishna is central to the narrative. It explores the ethics of war and eventual transmission of revenge and extremism into the human psyche.
Gandhari blinds her eyes to escape the pretensions of dharma, ethics and morality. She says to Vidura, “I told Duryodhana, victory will be with dharma only, but was non-existent. The one, whom you call as divine, is a cheat who limited dharma to his own fancies.”
Rangadhara Theatre group, one of the leading Malayalam theatre groups in the country stands committed to aesthetically innovative and socially relevant theatre. Since its inception in 1993, Rangadhara has carved a niche for itself in the Indian theatre scene by staging of varied socio political interest while not losing out mass appeal. The group takes up contemporary issues to underline the contours of our time while providing the best of entertainment.
Rangadhara’s production adapted the original with the help of translation in Malayalam by S Rajasekharan and he also directed the play. Suresh Bhaskar is enacting the role of Aswadhama and Rajlakshmi Chaturvedi as Gandhari, Rajesh Paravoor portrays the role of Sanjayan and Baby Alleppy as Dritarashtrar.
The play is designed, translated and directed by Rajasekharan.