Chennai-based theatre director Prasanna Ramaswamy’s new play, ‘This Is My Identify’, is an adaptation of Paul Zacharia’s Malayalam novella ‘Ithanente Peru’ that interprets Nathuram Godse as a personality
In Might 1949, the Punjab Excessive Court docket, then in session at Shimla, was knee-deep in its most essential, high-profile case. Nathuram Godse, who would quickly be sentenced to loss of life for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi, made his ultimate assertion, sparking debate.
To this present day, many interpretations of this speech stay energetic. In 2003, it resulted in Paul Zacharia’s critically acclaimed Malayalam novella, Ithanente Peru, which examines Godse’s defence of the assassination.
A few years on, Chennai-based theatre director Prasanna Ramaswamy manifests a bodily kind to this literarary work by her play, This Is My Identify, produced by Chennai Artwork Theatre, which is able to attain audiences in Chennai, this weekend.
The novella shines mild on Godse excited about his actions and defending himself, by drawing parallels from historical past and different fundamentalist actions. Zacharia remembers, “I’ve learn lots on Godse. His defence speech particularly, reveals him as a peculiar character. You can’t however be struck by his argument. I believe that left a mark in my thoughts… I’m not a Godse lover, however right here’s a wierd character in human historical past! So I believed I’ll attempt to interpret him in my very own means.” Ithanenta Peru thus got here to fruition.
The highly effective writing is what lured Prasanna to the work, seven years in the past. Adapting this literary work into theatre was a problem in itself, and this interpretation was significantly troublesome to tug by.
“In my earlier work too, I’ve been talking about perpetration, whether or not it’s within the context of warfare, caste or any type of oppression or marginalisation, by bringing out the poetry of the victims. However, since virtually 17-18 years, I’ve been excited about how I can put the perpetrator on stage. And to do this, this [the book] is implausible work,” says Prasanna.
This Is My Identify, although derived largely from Zacharia’s work, is an interaction of a number of narratives written by Prasanna. The director has woven two intertexts into the play, pitching one in opposition to the opposite, about how any artwork kind regardless of whether or not it’s a part of a singular religion or not, has its personal cultural richness and id.
“Can’t we stick with it or work with it, with out being fundamentalist? This can be a private query that I wished to discover,” says the director. The opposite query seems at how pliable artwork is. The primary parallel narrative options Bharatanatyam artiste Anita Ratnam.
Set within the current, the scene depicts an interplay between Ratnam and a journalist who questions the contemporaneity of her work. “I’m arguing that I gained’t throw away the artform’s cultural richness simply to show a degree. I can even make up to date statements utilizing previous literature,” says Ratnam.
The scene resonates with Ratnam as an artiste, as a result of it’s an expertise that she is just not alien to, as a dancer who continually employs conventional motifs in her work.
A bodily kind
Like Prasanna’s different performs, This Is My Identify, with a powerful solid of Nikhila Keshavan, Anita Ratnam, Sarvesh Sridhar, Nikhil Kedia, Dharma Raman and Darshan Ramkumar, too will depend on motion and music. Prasanna believes theatre mustn’t restrict itself to a spoken lingo. Visible artwork too performs a job on this manufacturing — artist Gurunathan Govindan has created three work which play a significant half in one of many sequences. Unique music consists by Anandhkumar and executed by singers Saranya Krishnan and Subhashri Vidya, and percussionist Guru.
For Prasanna, Ratnam and many of the solid and crew, This Is My Identify can be their first outing on stage since March 2020.
This Is My Identify might be carried out on April 9 and 11 at 7 pm at Alliance Française of Madras. Tickets will be bought on BookMyShow.