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Paying Tribute to Mother’s Unconditional Love

Published: 28th July 2014 08:57 AM

Last Updated: 28th July 2014 10:46 AM

CHENNAI: Savithri is a conformist mother who has just one desire in life – to see her children complete their studies and earn good reputation for the family. For Subbu and Ganesa, her children, all they want is to see her mother happy. So what happens when the two brothers decide to move away from their village to a conurbation for higher studies? Will Savithri be able to withstand the separation? Will things change when they return home? These are the questions which Samarpan, a theatrical drama directed by C V Chandramohan, answers. The play was performed at Vani Mahal on Saturday.

The story is set in a village and the home, as re-created on stage, is highly picturesque with a large Perumal sannidhi at the centre. The scene reflects a traditional, poor Indian household. Savithri is a singer and devotee of Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal (Periyava). She sings at the Ambal temple every evening. And even while she sings, she has just one thought in her mind – will my children be able to come up in life?

Indubitably, she reflects the mindset of a typical Indian mother — engrossed in thoughts about her kids, day and night. And when it’s the time for her children to go to the city for their higher education, she asks them to promise not to return until they complete their education. Savithri stays back with her husband in the village.

As days go by, Savithri is unable to withstand the separation from her kids. She stops singing at the temple, and then things take a sad turn. Another character – Venkutu Mama, who’s close to the family, decides to ring up and call the duo back home. But, alas! Savithri’s against that. She starts hallucinating and eventually falls ill. Savithri portrays the emotions of a mother’s love for children with ease. The enactment leaves the spectators with goosebumps.

When the brothers return after completing their studies, they are in for a shock. They discover that their mother has brain tumour. Savithri refuses ‘worldly’ treatment and says that she wishes to die after getting a darshan from the holy saint. But before that happens, she leaves the mortal coil.

Next we see the now well-off Subbu (now a doctor) and Ganesa in their modern apartment. With the love for their mother deep inside, they decide to come up with a book titled ‘Samarpan’ that talks about their mother’s life. They decide to visit Periyava to give the book and seek his blessings. They cry, reminiscing the days they spent with their mother and describe how she passed away without her wish getting fulfilled.

Periyava clarifies that she had actually had his darshan before her death and that there wasn’t anything to worry. ‘So, how do we get back our mother?” cries out Subbu. Swami gives the example of Ardhanarishvara and says that their mother has ‘merged’ with their father.

The drama, ending on an emotional note, leaves the audience teary-eyed.

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