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Dasha Roopakalu

Dasha Roopakalu

This book has 10 Dramas

1. Minister

2. Jeevannatakam

3. Gandhi jayanthi

4. Brahmaraatha

5. Kabeerdaad

6. Shatruvu

7. Chitram

8. Mabbullo Bomma

9. Bommalu Cheppina Baja Govindam

10. Mhathma Jyothy Rao Pule

1.  Minister:    

This is another didactic play from Vizai Bhaskar which embraces both the present society and traditional beliefs.

A Minister who knows no limits to corruption, suddenly, encounters the stark  realities of life. ‘Death’ which comes to take away his life makes him understand the evil designs of his wife and his son to put an end to his life and eventually unmasking their true nature.  On his request ‘Death’ extends his life span by three months.

 

The Minister turns good and benevolent.  He gives away all his wealth earned by illegal means to the people. The family members fail to understand why he behaves like that, on the other hand they come to a conclusion that his honesty was just a pretention and that he has actually been giving away all the unlawful earning to his second wife.  Inspite of so much criticism both in an out his family, he strictly adheres to honesty and leads a pure life.

 

After completion of the extended life of three months, he awaits death. Death comes, but blesses him with long life, because the country needs honest politicians like him.

The play bagged Nandi award during 2003 and great applause wherever it was performed.  The play has translated into Tamil by Dr. Satyavani and Bengali by Prathik Dutta and Manipuri by Arun Yumkhaibam.

 

2. Jeevannatakam: 

It is another play which captured the attention and appreciation of not only Telugu audience but also of Kannada and Hindi.

The play starts with all other living creatures in the universe demonstrating their grief and agony to the God about the high handedness of Man in Nature.  They report to God that, Man, with his intelligence surpasses other living beings and makes them subservient to him: Donkey, Dog and Monkey and the whole animal world puts before him the woes they are subjected to and requests him to cut short their life span from forty years to twenty.  God expresses his inability to do so, instead he says he could transfer their share of life to any creature who is willing to accept.  No creature shows willingness to get its life extended beyond what was given to them originally by the God.  Man, with all his craving for a long life, requests the God to transfer sixty years of age to his account and thus the total period of his life becomes hundred.

 

God blesses him with hundred years.  Elephant who has all the while been coordinating the animal group expresses its dissidence over blessing the man with longer span of life instead of punishing him for his cruelty.  God tells him that the extension of life is a curse because during the extended period of life, he would live the life of three animals from whose life span from 60 years have been accrued to his account.  It means he lives like a human, hale and healthy up to 40 years which was his original life span, after that he lives like a Donkey up to sixty years, like a dog till 80 years and final 20 years like a monkey and thus completes hundred years.

 

After this prologue, the play unveils narrating the tale of human drama full of tussle, toil and turmoil which ends finally as a handful of ash.

 

3. Gandhi Jayanthi (The Return of Gandhi) :

This is another political and philosophical master piece from Vizai Bhaskar.  Again he starts the play with a myth the Hindu belief that people will be tried after death for their sins committed while they were alive.  Using the belief, he brings back Gandhi, the father of the Nation to India to witness the present state of affairs in the country for the liberty and Independence of which he struggled and sacrificed his life.

 

What happens if he comes back? What happened, we can see throughout the play. In this imaginative play, the rot in the political system after independence has been thoroughly exposed.  The leaders will stoop down to the level of marketing Gandhiji’s image and reputation.  The same gang of leaders who sings hosannahs and empty platitudes for Mahatma Gandhi will not hesitate to send him to gallows.

 

The conclusion of the play was drafted like a poem and inspires everyone to introspect.  The play was also largely acclaimed by the audience and the leaders of all the parties  have watched the drama.

 

Two former Governors of Andhra Pradesh namely Sri Rangarajan and Sri N.D. Tiwari witnessed the play at different times and appreciated the writer.

It has been translated into English by the writer and got translated into Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Oriya.

A festival has been conducted in Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad from 29th to 31st October, 2007 where in Gandhi Jayanthi has been performed in five languages i.e. English, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam

 

4. Brahma Ratha: 

Another play which got immense appreciation not only from Telugu audience but also from Manipuri.  It has been translated into Manipuri language and performed number of times.  The play is quite interesting as it opens in Brahma Loka (Divi) and the incidents unfurl onto the Earth (Bhuvi).  The drama is based on a sanskrit sloka, which was wrongly interpreted and implemented by the sub-ordinate staff of Brahma.  The result was horrible! Narada, who is a wanderer of all the lokas, happens to see the skull of the victim.  Narada, quite contrary to his presumed nature in the puranas as rift monger- assumes the role of a reformer and takes the side of the under privileged people.  With his protagonist and philanthropic attitude Narada brings the injustice being done to the voice less, helpless and hapless people to the notice of Lord Brahma.  Brahma also realizes the mistakes committed in the name of Fate and abolishes the system of Fate and declares that man should be the creator of his own destiny.

 

Mr. Budha Chingtham after watching “Laibakki wa (Brahma ratha) wrote in Sangai Express on 3-10-1989 why there was a huge gulf of difference between the fates of man and man.  He asked whose creation was it? It showed that obnoxious corruption has been harming the fate of the people.  Keeping the revolutionary slogan for equality in mind the drama has been written.  He makes contemptuous fun of the Indian political culture, rampant corruption and the gulf  between man and man.  The focus is on the hapless and down trodden sections of this society in his play called Brahma ratha”.

The play was translated by Dr. L. Biswanath Sharma and directed by Mr. M.C. Thoiba for Baniyan Theatre of Manipur.

5. Kabeerdas:

It is a play on Sant Kabeerdas who is one of the Indian saints of medieval Bakti movement.  He preached Sufism.

Kabeer was an orphan, born to a Brahmin widow who abandons him and brought up by a muslim couple.  His father ‘Neeru’ teaches him weaving and Kabeer’s thinking has never been on the mundane worldly matters.  He always thought of God and questioned the veracity of traditions and reformed the mindset of the common people and built up a sense of self-confidence in them.

Though he was born to a Brahmin and brought up by a muslim, he equally condemned the superstitious beliefs in both the religious.  His preachings have great relevance even today and in future also.

The drama narrates all the main events in the life of Kabeerdas, and his Dohas (couplets) have been appropriately used to bringout the essence of his preachings.

 

The play has got good applause and it has been subsequently translated into Kannada.

His other plays i.e. Hiranya Garbha, Meere Devullu, Shramanakam have also been widely performed in the state of Andhra Pradesh and ‘Mabbullo Bomma’, which concentrates mainly on Women’s problem has been translated into Hindi (Badalomechitra) Kannada (Modada gombai) Tamil (Mogilin Bommai) and had won Nandi award in 2000.

 

Everything that has been said above about the Playwright Dr. Vizai Bhaskar – the subject and the style he adopts in his play, the quantity and quality of his plays, the impact they have made on the society – goes a long way to prove that he is a prolific, versatile and socially committed writer.  He has been rightly honored by the State and Central Government and various social and culture organizations with innumerable awards. But one can say without an iota of hesitation that he richly deserves recognition at the International level.  Giving him such recognition will encourage more such activities from many more talented and devoted individuals from the backward regions of the third world throughout the globe.

 

10. Mahatma Jyothi Rao Phule :

It is the life sketch of Mahatma Jyothi Rao Phule (1827-1890).  A renowned activist, thinker, social reformer, writer, philosopher, editor, revolutionary and a pioneer in Women’s education and emancipation.  He fought against caste system and untouchability.  Dr. Ambedkar acknowledged him as his guru who influenced him the most.

 

This is the first play ever written in Telugu on “Mahatram Jyothi Rao Phule” with   19 Scenes.  Since the Mahatma lived in Maharashtra during 19th century, the play was skillfully written to depict the culture, traditions and way of life of Maharastians of those days.  A TV serial was telecasted based on this drama.