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All My Plays are for Non-conformist Gods: Theatre Artist Balakrishnan

Published: 24th February 2016 04:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2016 11:09 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: He may have acted in 130 plays since he started his career in 1994, but he pursued his passion to teach the art form and develop a space for his own productions. Since 2000, V Balakrishnan, founder, Nisha, is both teaching and directing with vigour. City Express got in touch with the artist, a believer with some fun and what-if questions.

Who is god?

Whom I choose to make it to be.

How long have you been a believer?

Since fear entered me.

Fate/destiny or free will?

This question is related to physics, and parallel existence of time-flows and time-warps. I am not erudite enough to explain it, so I will go with free will.

If god appears in front of you, what’d you ask?

A psychiatrist’s appointment.

If you had to perform in front of Hindu gods, what story would you narrate?

Already have, also in front of gods of other religions. I have seen religions being formed as I perform, and religions being re-invented. All my stories and plays are for gods, especially the non-conformist ones.

Describe god to a child?

See love, I don’t like what you are doing, and I feel inadequate to stop you from doing this. I need to shove the responsibility on someone else. I am going to call him god, so if you lie to me, then god will put your eyes out.

Do you have any wise words for the agnostic and atheists?

Wear a helmet while riding a two-wheeler and strap it

If all gods were part of your group, what kind of roles would you give them?

I already have a few in the group. They do whatever I tell them to. Sometimes they do more than I tell them to, and then I tell them to stop overdoing it.

First words you would say after seeing god?

Wow, I always knew you were a woman.

Have you experienced miracles?

Three since morning: 1) my newspaper was delivered before 6 am; 2) there was a parking available on Habibullah Road; and 3) cost of beans was lower than last week.

One word that sums up everything about god?

Fear



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