07 August, 2012
by Soundrarani V
The theatre group Shraddha, along with Mac Trics, a mime and body theatre group, inaugurated the Tamil play, Vidhuran, to a full house audience. This is a full length mime play and could be called a new trend in the Tamil theatre.
Watching this play was an altogether different experience. The artistes are college students, and about 30 of them were on the stage. Sporting uniform costumes, these mummers gave a lively performance. As all of them looked identical, the various characters of the Mahabharata each of them depicted could be identified only from their movements. The body actions face expressions and hand gestures, well supported by the strategic lighting and sound effects were all a delight to watch.
The stage had no dazzling crowns and thrones, nor the rich sets to portray the palace scenes. The actors themselves did the formation of thrones, row boat in motion, galloping horses, and more.
The different sets they formed - the water falls brilliantly exhibited by their hand movements, the variety interiors featuring the arakku maligai, tunnel were all amazingly beautiful and intelligently planned. They did all the formations in a jiffy with total ease. One could see their passion for the art in them.
The play revolves around the wise acts of Vidhuran, who has unbiased views and said to be the unsung hero. He saves the pandavas from the evil designs of the Gauravas with his timely appearances. The kattiyakkaran - the narrator provides a breather with his light talk’s in-between the scenes. We tend to put a close ear to him to get a good grip of the scenes to follow. The powerfully worded narration penned by Vietnam Veedu Sundaram was well presented by the clown styled kattiakkaran. Sravanth played this role with good timing, the needed punch and intonation.
The scenes came in a quick flow. The audiences were found to be totally absorbed in the play throughout. They did a bit of brain work religiously following the scenes, identifying the characters and catching up with the story line. A few people around were indulged in excited discussions, doing the guessing game, sharing with each other their findings. They even decided to read the Mahabharata once again, to connect themselves to what they were enjoying on the stage.
The dancers meant to entertain the kings at the court of the palace gave a scintillating performance to music tunes, choreographed by Manaswini K Ramachandra.
Music and sound effects is managed by Anil, and along with the lights, it pepped up the mood of the mime play. The play has been directed by Vivek Swaminathan.
For more photos: http://www.sabhash.com/theatre/events/33/vidhuran.html