First day of play ‘Chitrapat’ staged at Bharat Bhawan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jan 2018 10:55:09


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Written by Hostota Manjunath Bhagwat, Chitrapat Ramayan is a famous interlude of Yakshgaan. This sections showcases the skillful and fair rule of Ram as a King, the cheating and nemesis of Soorpanakha, the incapacity of Sita and ‘bal chhavi’ of Ravana. Ram brings forth a King. Being a King he puts the good of his kingdom and subjects before himself and the
dignity of society before love. The character of Sita brings forth the situation of women

Play ‘Chitrapat’ in traditional classical theatrical form was staged at Bharat Bhawan on Sunday, December 31. Directed by CR Jambe the play has various excerpts from Ramayana in which various theatrical forms of South India, like yakshgaan, Kathakali, geet, sangeet, nritya, abhinay, mudra etc have been inculcated.

The play was prepared in a one month long workshop on Indian classical theatre organised by Madhya Pradesh School of drama of Madhya Pradesh Government, Culture Department, where students were given training in the traditional classical form of theatre by Guest Lecturer from Bengaluru, CR Jambe. Yakshgan training for play has been given by Bannanje Sanjeeva Suvarna, kathakali training has been given by Kalamandlam Prashobh and music has been given by Ravi Muroor.

India is a land full of diverse arts and art forms. This traditional theatre form also consists of parts from Yakshgan and Kathakali. The performance has been prepared using Chitrapat Ramayana in which condition of women has been showcased through the character of Sita.
Despite going through ‘Agni Pariksha’ Sita had to bear atrocities and problems for her entire life but still did not budge from her principles and remained optimistic. Ram surely established himself as a good king but was he able to establish himself as Ram for Sita. Ram does something for the good of people, but the price is paid by Sita. Apart from this the whole plotting done by Surpnakaha has also been included in the play.

Written by Hostota Manjunath Bhagwat, Chitrapat Ramayan is a famous interlude of Yakshgaan. This sections showcases the skilful and fair rule of ram as a King, the cheating and nemesis of Surpnakaha, the incapacity of Sita and ‘bal chhavi’ of Ravana. Ram brings forth a King. Being a King he puts the good of his kingdom and subjects before himself and the dignity of society before love. The character of Sita brings forth the situation of women who are always conned and the poison after churning comes in their share.

Chidambara Rao Jambe has done diploma in dramatics from National School of Drama. He has directed many drama workshops in various states of the country. He has successfully directed plays of Kalidasa, Shakespeare, Bhas, Bhavbhuti, Vishkahadutt, Tagore, Mohan Rakesh, Chekov etc. He has also done plays with tribals. He has been conferred with various prestigious awards like Karnataka Natak Academy Samman in 2000, Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy Samman in 2003 and Kendriya Sangeet Natak academy Award in the year 2014 for ‘Natya Nirdeshan’.

Bannanje Sanjeeva Suvarna is the, Yakshgan Guru, dance director and principal of Yakshgan centre, Udupi. Kalamandlam Prashobh is a gold medalist in Kathakali from Kerala Kalamandlam University and has done graduation in Sanskrit. He has done dance direction in many Hindi and Tamil films. Ravi Muroor comes from a background of theatre and has taken training of Indian classical music and has also given music and his voice to several movies of Kannada.

Artists who brought the play alive on stage are Harsh Prakash, Vivek Namdev, Chetan Tirdiya, Reyansh Taneja, Siddhartha Awasthi, Nayan Raghuvanshi, Shruti Pandey, Aditi Lahoti, Arun Thakur, Saurabh Singh Parihar etc. Stage construction was done by Ravindra Vishwakarma, costume conceptualisation by Kumardas TN, headgear and crown construction by Deepak Soni, lighting by Anoop Joshi, music by Bannanje Sanjeeva Suvarna, Ravi Muroor and Krishna Chaitanya. Shiv Kumar Kataria on harmonium, Bannanje Sanjeeva Suvarna on chande, Krishna Chaitanya on Mridangam. Assistant direction has been done by Meghna Panchal. The play will continue on January 1, 2018 at Bharat Bhawan.