Bhaskarapatelarum Thommiyute Jeevithavum
(Malayalam, Duration: 80 Min)
Group: Back Stage, Vatakara
About the Play
Bhaskara Pattelarum Thommiyudey Jeevithavum is a play based on the Novelette tilted Bhaskara Pattelarum Entey Jeevithavum written by famous Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia.
Thommy, a Christian migrant labourer from Kerala is an obedient slave of his aggressive, tyrannical landlord Bhaskara Pattelar. Thommy obeys all the orders of his master, whether it is to make his own wife sexually available to his master or in killing Pattelar’s kindly wife, Saroja. When Pattelar escapes to a jungle, due to his own deeds, Thommy escorts him like a pet. But when Pattelar is killed Thommy exults in freedom.
Play starts with the appearance of Thommi in the village where Pattelar reigns as the tyrannical landlord. Thommi gets bonded to Pattelar as if they have known each other for many lives. Pattelar is a man of many vices and Thommi helplessly supports him on all of his ill deeds. Thommi’s wife Omana is very dear to her but his servility outweighs his love for his wife and would silently accept the relationship between the two. He is in fact confused at the depth of their relationship.
Thommi is enticed by Pattelar’s enemies to set the plot for killing Pattelar and he does the same. Later his servility awakens and he himself helps Pattelar out of danger. Pattelar kills his wife Saroja, for her money. Pattelar loves her and is seen regretful of it while Thommi is deeply hurt. Sarojas brothers destroy Pattelar’s house and both him and Thommi decides to flee to the forest. Pattelar slowly sheds his tyrannical traits as the play progresses and ends up being killed by his enemies. The death of his master though should have been a big shock for him, releases him of his servility into total freedom, as we end the play.
About the Group
The Back Stage Theatre group was formed in 1990 at Vatakara and the Play BHARATHAVAAKYAM, written by G. Sankarapillai, was the first play performed by the group. The drama was a big sensational hit and had played all around the Kerala and has won numerous awards.
WOYZEK, ZOO STORY, AGNIYUM VARSHAVUM, ISLAND, OEDIPUS ND MONKEY’S PAW are the most popular plays performed by the group on various years. And in 2019, The Group Back Stage Kozhikode started performing the Play “BHASKARA PATTELARUM THOMMIYUDE JEEVITHAVUM” all around the nation and international platforms.
About the Director
Suveeran is a native of Azhiyur, Kozhikode.National award winner of Best feature Fim 2011, After completing his course at the School of Drama, Calicut University, Trichur, and the School of Performing Arts, Pondicherry, though he was expelled from the National School of Drama, Delhi in his final yearRecognized as an actor, director and painter, he has to his credit almost thirty plays and four short films which have also received many awards. He has also published articles in leading periodicals in Kerala, published many short stories and a novelette and translated the plays Yerma, Island and Crime Passional into Malayalam.
Suveeran started his career as a director in Malayalam amateur drama, and first came to notice with his plays AgniyumVarshavum, and Udambadokkolam. He secured the SangeethaNataka Academy awards for three years and the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award in 2011 for his drama AyussintePusthakam.
“BhaskaraPattelar and My life “(BAHASKARA PATTERLAUM ENTE JEEVITHAVUM) a play inspired by Zacharia sir’s novella was first devised and directed by me in 1996. When UAE based Theatre Dubai asked if I could recreate it for the 2018-2019 KSC Bharath Murali Drama Fest, I enthusiastically agreed. Although every detail of what I did back in 1996 was clear in my mind, when I started to recreate the play, nothing seemed to work. So when things came to a grinding halt I went back to the original source – the novella and started reworking from scratch to create the version it is today. My block was the result of being adamant about sticking to the 1996 version I created.
BhaskaraPattelarumEnteJeevithavum is a novella that allows infinite scope for evolution and contemporary interpretation.
Thank you Zacharia sir for this timeless masterpiece.
Cast & Credit
Songs : SivadasPurameri
Composed : Prasanth , Adesh IPTA
Recorded : Roy ( sian Studio )
Exected : Viju Joseph
Set : Surendran
Art : Rajeev Charm
Light : Saneesh KD
Costumes : AmrithaSuveeran
Make-up : Shaneesh
Property : Ismail kadathand
Stage Manager : Shinil Vatakara
Dramaturge & Direction: Suveeran
24th January 2020 @ 4:00 pm
KT Mohamed Regional Theatre
O T Shajahan, Maniknada Rajan, Sherin Saif, Mini Alphonsa, Raghuram, Shinil Vatakara, Sanju Madavan, Sandeep Memunda, Riya Pravin, Riya Kunnath, Surendran, Kanakaraj Mayyannur, Ismail Kadathand, Bharathan Kavil, Dasan M K,Vijayan Kuttoth