It seems to be a movement again - a movement of the masses, amongst the masses!
Safdhar Hashmi Open Theater has invited more theater groups with motivated spirits.
And they seem to gather a bigger audience with each passing day. This third evening
of the festival literally saw a jam-packed audience surrounding the open circular
space in the grounds of Keyes High School. Guntur Praja Natya Mandali came up
with a unique production, all by women dealing with the issues of the girl child.
Directed by Devi, the play, titled "Prasninchandi" (seek questions), shows the
stereotypical role of a girl in the society. The mood flowed through another play.
"Gorrellu Tiraga Padatayi" reflected the inner strength of the downtrodden masses who face the atrocities by the mighty and can yet revolt when the time comes. The concluding play 'Agni', by artistes
from the Krishna district, is different from the earlier plays in that it is a satire spun around the
police personnel and their working. Whatever may be the reasons behind a revolt or a social movement, what seems to be 'in' is the mob mentality (the Nepal issue just illustrates it perfectly).
A pity that big issues are resolved with such abrupt tactics.