Sunday was indeed fun day for Delhiites. Especially if one was a theatre lover. When evening came, the stage was set for Ramkali. It was a perfect blend of songs, dance and drama, and definitely enthralled each one present at the Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House.
Ramkali is an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s play The Good Person of Szechwan. It was directed by Arvind Gaur and starred Mallika Sarabhai as Ramkali. It was adapted in Hindi by Amitabh Srivastava, the lyrics were penned by Piyush Mishra and the music was given by Dr Sangeeta Gaur.
'It raises core issues facing today’s world, of greed versus common good, of the value of right and wrong, of the pressures society puts on people which drive them to committing wrongs to keep up with expectations, the exploitation of goodness and of good people by an aspiring society, and the question of equating theft and wrong doing out of need with that done out of greed,’ pointed out Arvind Gaur.
The protagonist of the play (essayed by Mallika Sarabhai) was the centre of attraction. Ramkali drifted towards prostitution in order to fulfill the expectations and pressures surrounding her by her family and her beloved. It shows how she lives up to her character which goes beyond the mere image of a prostitute.
'It is said that between the battle of wrong and right, it is the truth that wins. Yet the truth in this play is twisted and left to the audience for comprehension. May be we all have been Ramkali, doing the right thing in the wrong place and vice versa,’ said Gaur.
'I believe in entertaining people with theatrics and songs to keep them engaged but watchful, planting seeds of doubt to shake complacency,’ said Gaur and Sarabhai in unison.