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Chillara Samaram

(Malayalam, Duration: 60 Min)
Group: Little Earth School of Theatre, Malappuram

About the Play

The play ChillaraSamaram raises the protest of common people against anti human town development plans. Play feels the life of people who struggles against corporation authorities. Strike of chillara, the common people, is inspired by their own tradition and art. ChillaraSamaram visualizes retail trader’s life and their dealings with common people. Corporation Authorities are planning a new project for the town’s development. They plan to replace all small retail shops with big shopping malls. They find coins as main problem in the society. Retail traders and poor men are responsible for spreading coins in corporation area. They think that the sound of coins and songs of poor men are substandard. After a conspiracy Corporation authorities plan to ban every small paisa in the area. They decide to ban twenty five paisa first and others later step by step. Here starts the historical strike of chillara, the common people. Corporation Mayor asks to stop their songs and offers to teach them special songs and steps. As per agreement common people adjust their rhythm to that of corporation. Slowly they become a machine. When their traditional song come back the machine stops. Corporation representatives check and find a brick of song. They try to destroy this first and decide to keep it in glass museum. Workers, who were blocked with machine song, rediscover energy from their traditional songs and steps. Corporation authorities couldn’t protest. Songs and steps of the common people, rises again. The play ends while Hundika, the clay coin savings box fells down and spreads coins everywhere.

About the Group

The group has been working in the field of Theatre for the last 20 years, based in Kerala. The group has nearly 20 young artists including children; most of them started their theatre activities from their school ages. Over the years the group has produced more than 20 plays. The group has performed more than 600 stages and in several theatre festivals in all over India, such as Sangeetha Nataka Academy Festivals, Jashne Bachpan Theatre Festival conducted by NSD – Delhi, IPTA Theatre Festival, Navarang National Theatre Festival, Doordarshan, Soorya Festival etc. The play CHILLARA SAMARAM was performed in NSD Bharath Rang Mahotsav in the year 2017, CGK Rashtriya Rangothsava – Bangalore, IAPAR festival – 2017 and also performed in PRD National Theatre Festival conducted by Kerala Government in the same year. The same one was performed and won two awards in META Festival – 2019. The production ‘Kentonians’ was selected for Academy Nataka Yathra and in Dooradarsan. The play ‘Kaliyachan’ was presented in ITFOK 2015 along with the support of Little Earth. The play Claver Rani is staged more than 150 places; most of the performances were in rural areas of Kerala. The play ‘Chillara Samaram’ awarded for the best play and for the best director in The State Level Competition conducted by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy in 2015. We organize children’s camps and other cultural as well as theatre festivals occasionally and aims at the educational and cultural development of children and society through theatre. The group follows a style of theatre using minimum sets and costumes and makes the performance more effective by using the actor’s body which is very significant. The group’s intension was and still remains today, to create new expressions of repertoire theatre and explore and extend theatre’s possibilities.

About the Director

Arun Lal is an actor, director and theatre trainer. He has been working in the field of theatre arts for last 20 years. He has acted more than 30 plays and directed more than 25 plays including children’s plays. He has trained under various theatre personals and theatre groups, inside as well as outside India. As an actor and director, he has exhibited his abilities in different theatre festivals all over the country. BRM- NSD Theatre Festival-New Delhi, Jashne Bachpan National Theatre Festival conducted by NSD, ITFOK, IAPAR International Festival – Pune, Rangayan Fest – Mysore, PRD Theatre Festival, Bratyajon – Kolkata, AIR Theatre Festival are some of them. He is working with different theatre groups in Kerala. He was a recipient of many awards for his excellence in theatre. And also he won the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy State Award for the best director in Amateur Theatre festival – 2015, C N Parameswaran Pillai Endowment Award for young theatre personal – 2016, Best Choreographer Award in META 2019. He is the artistic director of Little Earth School of Theatre, Kerala.

Director’s Note

We follow a style of theatre using only a few sets and costumes and make the performance more effective using the body language of the actor which is very significant. We dream about a theatre language which gives importance to the body of actors than theme or set. In this play, Chillara Samaram we use the body language of actors derived from rural art forms of Kerala like Chavittukali, Ayyappanvilakku. Songs and steps of these art forms are also used. The characters of Chillara Samaram are different in practice. Beedi, Cigarette, Match Box, Twenty five paisa, Dollar, Thousand Rupees are characters in this play. These characters also represent ordinary people. The short play Chillara Samaram raises the protest of common people against anti human town development plans. Play feels the life of people who struggles against corporation authorities. Strike of chillara, the common people, is inspired by their own tradition and art. Chillara Samaram visualizes retail trader’s life and their dealings with common people. Corporation Authorities are planning a new project for town development. They plan to replace all small retail shops with big shopping malls. They find coins as main problem in the society. Retail traders and poor men are responsible for spreading coins in corporation area. They think that the sound of coins and songs of poor men are substandard. After a conspiracy Corporation authorities plan to ban every small paisa in the area. They decide to ban twenty five paisa first and others later step by step. Here starts the historical strike of chillara, the common people. Corporation Mayor asks to stop their songs and offers to teach them special songs and steps. As per agreement common people adjust their rhythm to that of corporation. Slowly they become a machine.

Time Schedule

26th January 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Venue

KT Mohamed Regional Theatre

Director: Arunlal

Cast & Credit

Script: M P Rajesh
Music: Vivek
Live Music: Sanjay Sankar
Light Design and Execution: Sajas
Satge Manager: Majeed
Subtitle Operator: Sarath Kumar
Set Manager: Sudev
Property Manager: Vibin Das
Technical Support: Anas
Director: Arunlal

On Stage

Suresh, Akhil, Mithun Lal, Abid, Srijesh, Aneesh, Jishnu