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Theatre Akku’s ‘Komaligal’ explores sexual oppression and abuse of ladies

Theatre Akku’s ‘Komaligal’ explores sexual oppression and abuse of ladies

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This four-play anthology in Tamil appears to be like at sexual oppression and abuse of ladies by drawing inferences from actual incidents

This four-play anthology in Tamil appears to be like at sexual oppression and abuse of ladies by drawing inferences from actual incidents

5 months; many conversations with activists; trawling via courtroom judgements and an entire lot of unlearning — the core of ‘Komaligal’, a sixty-minute-long Tamil theatre anthology may be described in as many phrases. Whereas these might not be sufficient to outline the lived experiences of ladies within the trendy world, they positive do lead us to a place to begin. Which is exactly what Theatre Akku hopes to do, via this play directed by MV Vetri. To be premiered this week, ‘Komaligal’ solutions some troublesome but pertinent questions surrounding the sexual oppression of ladies via dramaturgy. 

With a reasonably populous writing room — 4 writers — the anthology is a labor of analysis. Krishna, one of many writers says, “We began writing within the month of October 2021. We had quite a bit to be taught from the entire course of. We needed to undergo numerous tales of many ladies, from totally different backgrounds, social standing and places from throughout the nation. After all of the analysis, we compiled a set of tales which we felt have been very essential to be spoken about.” Whereas these are real-life incidents that the viewers might need already come throughout, the play permits the viewers to look again and analyse their very own fast reactions. 

The cast of 'Komaligal' 

The forged of ‘Komaligal’ 
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Numerous the analysis was accomplished by studying via judgements and understanding how the judicial system treats a case pertaining to sexual abuse The truth that a survivor’s account is nearly all the time met with skepticism, was one thing to be addressed. “We additionally learn many articles by survivors who wrote about their very own experiences other than information reviews and the like,” provides Krishna, citing an instance, “A significant a part of our analysis was primarily based on the notorious Nirbhaya case. We went via many documentaries that got here after, and checked out what sort of illustration is required at this level.”

It was not a simple course of, provides Vetri. “The play goes via an intense emotional journey, and so we needed to be very aware of how we deal with it, since it’s a very delicate subject in itself,” he says.

Vetri hopes to take this present past the area of interest viewers. If the play at the very least comes near breaking one survivor’s trauma, he would take into account it a win. “It’s a small effort in that course,” he says. In subsequent exhibits, they are going to deliver psychological well being professionals and counselors to guide interactive periods with the audiences. “We’re presently in talks for taking the play into prisons, small scale cottage industries, factories and ladies collectives, other than performing in public. Our purpose is to unfold consciousness, with out consciously attempting to take action. That is the place the significance of leisure comes,” says Vetri.  

‘Komaligal’ will premiere in Alliance Francaise of Madras on March 18, 7 pm. It would even be carried out in DakshinaChitra Museum on March 19. 

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