Kerala: Congress revives Sahithi Theatres as part of its efforts to boost social connect

While inaugurating the play, Venugopal stressed on the need to make the cultural sphere more vibrant and vocal.
Artists of Sahithi Theatres stage a drama based on Vaikom Muhammed Basheer’s 'Mucheetukalikkarante Makal' at Pastoral Orientation Centre in Kochi
Artists of Sahithi Theatres stage a drama based on Vaikom Muhammed Basheer’s 'Mucheetukalikkarante Makal' at Pastoral Orientation Centre in KochiPhoto | Express

KOCHI: As part of its strategy to get “more involved” in the field of the arts and culture, the Congress has revived its drama troupe ‘Sahithi Theatres’.

To kick off, the drama troupe staged Vaikom Muhammed Basheer’s satirical short story 'Mucheetukalikkarante Makal' (The Card Sharper’s Daughter) at Pastoral Orientation Centre in Kochi on Wednesday, with AICC general secretary K C Venugopal and KPCC interim president M M Hassan among the audience.

Karunagappally MLA C R Mahesh, who is in charge of the troupe, said "the decision to revive the party’s arts and cultural activities was made at the Congress Chintan Shivir (brainstorming meet) in Kozhikode in 2022. At the meeting, we decided to become more involved in the field of art, culture, and charity.Revival of Sahithi Theatres was one of the initial decisions. As I have a background in the arts, I was picked to lead the troupe,” said Mahesh, whose father C A Rajashekharan and brother C R Manoj were playwrights.

Sahithi Theatres was initially launched in Thiruvananthapuram when Ramesh Chennithala was the KPCC president. However, the troupe became inactive after three or four plays.

The comeback play was written by Hemanth Kumar, and directed by Rajesh Irulam. “Preparations and practice took nearly 50 days,” said Mahesh, adding that the audience response was great.

“There are six characters in the play. We have used the latest and modern technologies, including AI, to provide the best experience to the viewers.”

Besides Mahesh, the cast included Rajeev Alunkal, Anil Mala, Vakkom Maahin, Aadinad Sasi, and V R Prathapan.

While inaugurating the play, Venugopal stressed on the need to make the cultural sphere more vibrant and vocal.

“Artists and writers hesitate to speak out because they are frightened in this fascist era. Everyone is silent. Perhaps the only bold response in recent times was that of M T Vasudevan Nair,” he said.

A lookback

Sahithi Theatres was initially launched in Thiruvananthapuram when Ramesh Chennithala was the KPCC president. However, the troupe became inactive after three or four plays. the decision to revive the party’s arts and cultural activities was made at the Congress Chintan Shivir (brainstorming meet) in Kozhikode in 2022. The comeback play was written by Hemanth Kumar, and directed by Rajesh Irulam.

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