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Play on life as we know it

Artistes of Samabesa stage Dipa ra Chhai at Rabindra Mandap in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 11: The first play of the season was a play on humdrum events in our daily lives and our attitude towards the differently-abled. Dipa ra Chhai did not disappoint.

It was staged by artistes of Samabesa at Rabindra Mandap on Monday. A large number of theatre lovers gathered at the auditorium to watch the first play of the year. Dipa ra Chhai made for an interesting watch.

Samabesa, a group of dramatists that includes well-known directors, theatre and film artistes and theatre lovers from different parts of the state, presented this latest production. The eponymous characters Dipa and Chhai were the lead of the plot of Dipa ra Chhai. But the play was not limited to an analysis of relationship between the two. Elements of social concerns such as behaviour towards the differently-abled and the disinterest of people in the lives of others were depicted in the play. The play portrayed human values.

Actors Debu Patnaik and Priyanka Mohapatra gave impressive performances, and the acts by the other artistes were good too. Director of the play and veteran actor Hara Patnaik was seen in an interesting cameo.

“All that happens around us inspires us to create a story or a plot for a drama. This play also had reflections of the various small incidents that we come across in the world today. We have tried to incorporate various sub-plots to form an entertaining play,” said Patnaik.

The play was penned by Mondeep Mukherjee and dramatised by Subodh Patnaik. The viewers seemed to appreciate the different aspects of human nature depicted in the play.

“When robbers are shown gagging a speech-impaired girl in their greed for money in the play, I was moved. I also liked Hara Patnaik as ‘Jami’,” said Dibyajyoti Pradhan, a viewer.

The play was the first of the Natyadhara programme that the Odisha Natya Sangha — a group of drama organisations from across the state — has begun in association with the state culture department wherein Rabindra Mandap and Bhanja Kala Mandap will be available to them for free on certain days every month.