Taramandal: reviews etcetera

photo | Kota Shiva

After a year of wrestling and rehearsal, Taramandal is finally on its feet. Our initial performances at Akshara Theatre complete, we’re back to work already. Hurrah.

A bow and a big thank you to everyone who made it to the shows: we blush to think of the overwhelming interest and enthusiasm people have shown. We know some of you couldn’t watch the show, and we really do regret that, but Taramandal will be back on stage soon in the next couple of months, so do come watch it then. And tell your friends.

A few reviews have come in; these are ones I’ve found so far:

The Hindu – Friday Review
Indian Express
Hindustan Times

Also: heartfelt salutations, best wishes, much love, the highest hopes and hugs and kisses to Tarun and Kanika Sharma who flew away to Mumbai last week. Milte hain etcetera.

Take care.


~ by Momo on May 10, 2010.

7 Responses to “Taramandal: reviews etcetera”

  1. Hi,

    I watched this play .

    I have just a few queries :
    1. There was a reference to “Kumbakonam” amidst bengali words spoken by a character. Since I didnt know bengali, i couldnt understand the context of the use of the word.
    Can you please clarify?

    2. Also, in a rehearsal scene, the guy whi is “nangaa” gives a reason for ebing truning up in nangaa. I dint get the reason. Can you pleas clarify


  2. hello,

    1. the word is ‘Kumbhakarna’, a reference to the sleeping rakshasa, so difficult to awake.

    2. he is nanga because the story they are playing out is about a naked man who arrives at a girls’ school.

    hope this helps.

  3. Hi Momo,
    Thanks for the response.
    I thought the man gave a reason for turning in “naked” at the school,when queried by the “teacher”. I missed out the reason. What was the reason he gave?


  4. ah, yes. the reason he provides is that his wife has left him, saying he is not a man; she has also taken their daughters away with her. his turning up at the school is some kind of bizarre response to that, trying to prove his manhood.

  5. Thanks Momo. I request you to please delete my above posts 🙂

    I liked the script in the way it portrayed the two sides of the story – the aspirations of the characters vis-a-vis the tribulations faced by the aspirants(in the form of casting agents,directors,producers,parents,financial,etc) in a non-judgmental way without taking sides.
    Actually,even Mr.Ray’s turns judgmental in the end . But the play only showed the expression in Patol’s face where he feels satisfied of his small achievement,looks around the others who are “materialistic – in his point of view” and proceeds to move out.
    In general, the use of pregnant pauses were nice,but some of them were a tad too long when not accompanied by music.
    The change of scenes could also be made more slick with use of lights,etc..

    Continue your good work guys.

  6. thanks, Venkat. your comment is much appreciated. we don’t get too many comments on this blog, so i hope you don’t mind me leaving your previous comments exactly where they are (“the chess club only has 3 members”, like). also, other people may have the same queries, so this exchange might be helpful to them.

    our use of silences is something that we’re still fine tuning, and often we don’t quite hit the mark, as you’ve noticed. many theatre productions often feed the audience everything on a platter, and that is something we are not comfortable with. we’d like the audience to be a little more engaged: to meet us half way to the story, to feel challenged by what they see. of course, i don’t support self-indulgence, but i do think it’s necessary for both members of the audience and the actors to stretch themselves.

    audience is the most important aspect of performance, i feel, and ultimately, those of us on stage are only as good as our audiences will allow.

    one thing we do shy away from, however, is ease of use. i agree with you that the transitions between scenes could’ve been smoother, a little more effortless, but i’m not sure if making them appear more polished is our approach. we’ve tried to keep the design as basic as possible for this play.

    thanks again for your response. it’s been a pleasure.

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