On Friday, 25th November, the seventh, eighth and ninth graders of Sishu Griha, including myself, went to watch Maya Bazaar, a play based on the Mahabharata, produced by Bangalore Little Theatre.
It starred Ghatotkacha, the son of Bheema of the Pandavas, Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna, his lover, Sashi, two slightly crazy ‘practitioners of magic’, and of course, Krishna, the brains behind it all.
Two slightly crazy ‘practitioners of magic’ advising Abhimanyu
The story was light and entertaining, and more importantly, simple enough for people who haven’t read the Mahabharata to understand. The opening scene belonged to Daku, a ‘postbird’, who was trying to find the right place to deliver the only mail of his career, feeling he would be disgraced if he didn’t do it before he died.
From there, the play was carried off marvellously by Ghatu and his family, transporting the audience into the world in which they lived.
The dialogues were hilarious, and had many references to modern day culture, bringing the house down. Many times, the scenes had to be paused so that the audience could finish their cheering and clapping.
Many little things were done in interesting little ways, such as personifying Abhimanyu’s arrows, using people dressed up to shoot across the stage. The trees, too, were people with buckets over their heads.
Anand Rajamani, as Ghatotkacha, and DayaSakrepatna, I felt, were especially good as Ghatotkacha and Daku respectively.
The music was really good too, by Bangalore R. Ramanath, who played the tabla beautifully and with a lot of skill (although that field is rather unknown to me).
Altogether, the play was a delightful combination of humour, wit, costumes and plain good acting. This play can and should be watched by people of all ages, for two hours’ worth of enjoyment and laughter.
This write-up has been penned by Gayatri Allamsetty, a budding writer who is currently doing her 8 grade in Sishu Griha. She has won a prize in writing competition conducted by Wipro – Earthian last year.