The Abhinaya National Theatre Monthly magazine is organising the 2nd Abhinaya National Theatre Festival 2007 from 9th to 12th August, at the Ravindra Bharathi. Six stage plays and four street plays from all over the country will be staged during the 4-day festival.
A Telugu play Ye Velugulaki Prasthanam on 9th August; a Telugu street play Tadabu Lakadana Jibu Jibu and a Hindi/English play Numbers In The Dark on 10th August; an English play The Island, a Telugu street play Dakshinayanam and a Kannada play Caucasian Chalk Circle on 11th August; and a Tamil play Pavan Kunju, a Tamil street play Payanam and a Manipuri play Acheekpagi Khongjel on 12th August, will be staged.
Today, the last day, a Tamil play by Pralayan, Pavan Kunju, will be staged by Chennai Kalai Kulu, Chennai. The play was created in 2002, by Pralayan, during a workshop which lasted for 10 days, and was presented throughout Tamil Nadu more than 100 times. Pralayan, T R Vijayanandan, K B Devarajan, Ganesan and C Manoharan, among others, play the characters.
Pavan Kunju literally means Swarna Putra or the golden son, and this play deals with a village school going boy named Pavan Kunju. The boy is very intelligent, sharp, attentive and focused, and is called the hero, while in school, he is a dull, poor and academically poor, and so is teased by his classmates by calling him a zero.
As the play progresses, it tries to analyse the reasons for the change in behaviour of Pavan Kunju. Critical analysis of the curriculum, syllabus and teaching techniques will be made during the course of this play and highlight the burden our educational system places on the young shoulders. Here, the school itself has been made a character.
Abhinaya National Theatre Monthly was founded in the 2004 by Gadde Srinivas, a theater artiste and a die-hard lover of theater. Srinivas holds a diploma in theater arts. Quitting his lucrative profession in Telugu movies, he started Abhinaya, a first-of-its-kind magazine in India dedicated exclusively to theater. He organises many events throughout the year, like the State Theatre Festival in Guntur, and Padya Nataka Festival and Nataka Rachana Poteelu in Hyderabad.
Please contact G Srinivas at 93911-11622 for further details.