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Rangadhara - Theater Stream, together with Sutradhar, will be presenting two one-act plays in Hindi, Shanivar Ko Do Baje and Uttaraardh, on both 31st March and 1st April, at the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University Auditorium, besides Public Gardens, Hyderabad, on the occasion of the World Theater Day, and also celebrate the emerging independence of women. Both the plays have been written 25 years ago, and surprisingly have not lost their sheen.
Shanivar Ko Do Baje was written by Surendra Verma, and cocks a snook at middle-class sexual and moral values. A middle-aged, married man with three kids is having an affair with a not-so-young spinster, and the two have been having a clandestine rendezvous every Saturday afternoon for the past two years, at a borrowed nest.
Both are employed, and their relationship goes much beyond the physical. In a hypocritical society where illicit relationships are looked down upon, these two are neither bogged down by guilt nor share the society’s moralistic platform. So does morality begin and end with sexual values, is the question? The play is being directed by Prof Bhaskar Shewalkar.
The second play, Uttaraardh (The Second Half), directed by Vinay Varma, goes beyond platonic love. A young dancer’s commitment for an aged widower, with whom she’s had a physical relationship, while being in love with his young son, shows that women need something more than puppy love in their lives. She would want to feel protected. But whom does this woman love? Well, she has to make a choice.
The play is narrated through a writer who is not able to go beyond the first half of his story and takes resort in an old unused house to complete the second half. A stranger interrupts and tells him that the first half that he has written bears a strong resemblance to his own life. Who is this stranger?
Entry is by donor passes of Rs. 100 each (for both the plays), available with Saptaparni at 6662-1789, Nikhil at 99490-93320 and Vinay Verma at 98480-52541.