THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: City residents will soon get an opportunity to watch a drama extravaganza. The Omchery Theatre Festival organised by ‘Natyagriham’ will commence on September 25 and last till September 28, during which seven dramas will be staged at VJT Hall.
The plays, written years ago by Omchery N N Pillai, are being brought back to stage by various theatre groups. The inaugural play ‘Ulakudaperumal’ is being staged by ‘Natyagriham’ itself. ‘Ulakudaperumal’ is based on the current day untruths and lust for power and establishes that these two support dictatorship. On the second day, ‘Pralayam’ will be staged by ‘Renachethana’, Thrissur.
‘Thevarude Aana’, the third play, being staged by ‘Abhinaya’, Thiruvananthapuram, uncovers the cynicism and lack of brightness in life.
‘Daivam Veendum Samsarikkunnu’, to be performed by ‘Sredha’, Kozhikode will be staged on the fourth day. Omchery in this play wrote about the hypocrisy of people who restructure God as per their convenience. ‘Prakash Kalakendram’, Kollam gives rebirth to the play ‘Sookshikkuka Vazhiyil Bhakthanmarundu’. Omchery through this play had satirically viewed the hide and seek men play with the values of life.
‘Mindappoochakal’ is being staged by ‘Nireeksha’, a women’s theatre group in Thiruvananthapuram. This play relentlessly criticises female infanticide. The drama on the concluding day is ‘Nallavanaya Godse’ presented by Natyagriham.
Natyagriham, through the festival, makes a strong comeback to the cultural life of the state. The theatre group, formed in the early 1980s by playwright, actor and director Narendraprasad, had a glorious past as poets like Ayyappa Panicker, Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan and Vinayachandran and actor Murali had nurtured its growth.