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Doctors in the dock

The play, `Sathamaanam Bhavathi', was a well-conceived and executed satire on the medical profession.



SATIRICAL COMMENT A scene from the play. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanayam

Sathamaanam Bhavathi, scripted by late V.S. Kameswara Rao and brilliantly directed by K. Satyaprasad for Mandulu Memorial Arts, Visakhapatnam, was staged in Kalabharathi under the aegis of Visakha Music and Dance Academy.

It was a simple but heartrending story of a widowed compounder, Ramajogi, and his 10-year-old son Markandeya, residing in a portion of the house of a childless elderly couple Neelakantham and Jagadamba. The couple rears the child like their own. Then comes a bolt from the blue - news that the child needs to undergo an open-heart surgery. After coming to know that all efforts of his father to bear operation costs, including attempts to sell one of his kidneys went in vain, the couple gets ready not only to sell away their entire property, but also to go out on the streets and raise donations to meet the entire cost of the operation.

The inclusion of wanton sarcasm on the present-day trends in the medical profession did not match the seriousness of the storyline. However, a few episodes depicting Jagadamba's desire that her husband dies before she passes away, so that he would not suffer from lack of care, and similar sentiments being expressed by husband Neelakantham, seemed to be an effort in redefining true love between a wife and husband.

Kudos to the playwright and the director for making the show worth watching. Excellent show of histrionic talent by all, Sandhya in particular who literally lived the role of Jagadamba, N. Rama Rao as Neelakantham, P. Kumara Teja as the young Markandeya and director Satyam himself as Ramajogi marked the show. The credits for make-up, music and stage management were shared by Bharaani, Satyanarayana, Prasad, Swamy and Nancharayya. The mono-action and mimicry show by Sivaramakrishna before the commencement of the play was good in patches.

A. Ramalinga Sastry

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