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Thought-provoking play

`Trendu Maarindi' highlighted the present day family trends suggesting the need for an immediate change.



SOCIAL COMMENT A scene from `Trendu Maarindi'.

As part of the schedule earmarked for theatre activity every first Friday in its auditorium Kalabharathi,Visakha Music and Dance Academy featured an engaging and thought provoking social play Trendu Maarindi for this month, scripted by noted playwright and cine dialogue writer, Kasiviswanadham and directed by Mamidipalli Satyanarayana for Gurazada Kalaaniketan, Bhimavaram.

The main attraction was the featuring of the renowned dramatist and cine actor, Sutti Velu (K. Lakshminarasimha Rao) in the cast in the pivotal role, a middle class widower, and an honest and self-effacing retired government employee, Madhav. Exhibiting instant spark and creating stirring empathy, he acted his way into the hearts of the audience in the packed auditorium.

Introduction of the character of an unemployed youth totally unconnected with the story line and keeping all characters sans any dialogue in long spells in important sequences notwithstanding, the play enthrallingly sustained audience interest. The dialogues, replete with convivial pun and punch created instant humour, apart from offering constructive criticism on the present day trends suggesting the need for an immediate change.

The playwright, through the character Madhav, seeks to project the most prevalent trend of the most inhuman and humiliating treatment meted out to old parents, especially of the middle class by their sons. The sons, who either smartly manipulate to get attracted or otherwise by girls from very affluent circles, get married only to soon get used to obey the orders not only of their wives who soon after marriage in their turn assume the role of the ring master of an animal show in circus but also their in-laws. Viswadham as well seeks to compare the life of his similarly placed childhood friend with a touching effect as to how much happy an outcome it would be if the son without sacrificing an iota of self-respect to get married to his lover, also from a similar family. And further if the bride soon gets adjusted to the middle class way of life and create a diametrically opposite trend maintaining cordial relations with everybody in her in-laws house, leave alone her husband.

Mamidipalli as the friend of Madhav, C.V.R. Murthy, M. Venkata Rao, D.V. Prasad, M. Sivarama Raju and Kumari Vijayalakshmi in the other roles also acted well.

A.R.S.

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