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PLAY READING: Mandap

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/05/2015
11:30 am

Location
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

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PLAY READING: Mandap

5:00 pm | 3rd of May | Alliance Française classroom 7

Mandap by Vijay Padikiis an extremely visual and performance-based play, the readers tried to capture some elements with images projected on a screen. Set in rural North India in a large land-owning household, the play revolved around the story of the newly-wed woman, two household helps, the landlord and the pigeon trainer Ratan. The multiple characters are emblematic of superstition and objectification.

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The mandap is used as an important construction to reveal the goings on. The landlord has humiliated his newly-wed son in public, the daughter-in-law’s movements and whereabouts are carefully monitored and controlled and the help has been raped by the landlord. The daughter-in-law is curious and childlike, completely unaware of the trap she is about to get into. She is fascinated by the pigeon-trainer’s craft and the pigeon-trainer is smitten by her. The servants who feel wronged, devise a plot to catch them together.

This play reading is a part of the Alliance française de Bangalore and Bangalore Little Theatre partnership.