Jaffna student plays reflect society's undercurrent of fear

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 March 2008, 00:02 GMT]
Traditional folk dramas and modern plays were showcased in a drama festival organized by the Outdoor Stage Group of Jaffna University Thursday at Kailasapathy Hall. The silent play named ‘Moodi’ (The Lid) in which actors had their faces covered by cloths, expressing the current denial of freedom of expression and movement in Jaffna peninsula, students spokesperson said. The play also had scenes that portrayed the fear of arrests, killings, and abductions that haunt the residents of the peninsula, the spokesperson added.

JaffnaCampusPlay
Moodi scene with faces of actors covered
JaffnaCampusPlay
Section of the attendees to the drama festival
JaffnaCampusPlay
A scene from Moodi
JaffnaCampusPlay
Male students acting in a drama
The newly appointed Vice-chancellor Prof. N. Shanmuglingan, Faculty Deans, lecturers and students in their hundreds attended the drama festival presided by T.Kumaran, the president of the Stage Group.

This cultural event, the first to be held in the unsettled security climate prevalent in Jaffna since 2006, was well attended with the audience overcrowding the hall with capacity to accommodate 700 persons.

Traditional Folk dramas including Vasanthan Koothu and Kaaththavaraayan Koothu were staged along with modern plays.

‘Moodi,’ presented by lecturer Ravitharan and acted by university students, evoked rave reviews from the attendees and received standing ovation.

As acknowledged first responders who bring out to the public serious cultural undercurrents of a society, the artistically endowed director and actors of 'Moodi' clearly brought forth the anxiety and insecurity that grip the hearts of the people of the peninsula, drama critics attending the festival said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
20.06.20 23:53   Photo
Tamil man killed, Sinhala Army opens fire at motorbike rider at Mukamaalai in North
19.06.20 23:30  
Dr Amir Ali: SL Archaeology aims to obliterate Tamil traces, shrink territory of Muslims in East
18.06.20 21:02  
Colombo steps up surveillance harassment on organisations operating in East
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25128