PUNE: In a couple of months, more than 20 actors, all of them visually impaired, will present Teen Paishacha Tamasha, a musical classic by noted Marathi writer and humourist Pu La Deshpande, with the help of recordings and Braille script.
Teen Paishacha Tamasha was Pu La’s take on The Threepenny Opera, a musical by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. It was originally a biting satire on the extreme inequality in Victorian England.
It also contained ballads written by English litterateur Rudyard Kipling.
Various critics have described the original play as a socialist’s view of the new order of capitalism, which leaves many at the bottom of economic and social ladder.
The first production of Pu La’s play was staged around four decades back in 1978 at the Tilak Smarak Mandir. Theatre and film director Jabbar Patel led an ensemble cast with Nandu Bhende scoring the music. Bhende also played a part in the drama.
In this adaptation by Aarleen Production, a new score and 12 new songs will be featured.
We know that the songs are a very important part of the play by Pu La. But here we have composed a completely new score and songs, which have been directed by Bipin Vartak, who is also visually impaired. We will even release the songs in a CD on June 24,” says Rashmi Pandhare, one of the producers of the play.
Swagat Thorat, director of the play, has received a number of honours for publishing a periodical in Braille and has also worked with NGOs to increase accessibility for the visually impaired.
He had earlier been associated with Pu La’s family. There is now a body of work with Pu La’s plays in Braille.
“The braille script, of course, helped in our work. But there are quite a few who do not know Braille. So we are also using audio recordings of PuLa’s writings for them. The first show will be held in the city,” Pandhare added.