Buildings, bridges, and tall skyscrapers are the things that come to mind when one thinks of a developed city. But all this comes at the cost of losing trees and historical cultural sites of the area, but is it worth it? Well, that’s debatable. Keeping this in mind the writer-director Shankar Ganesh portrays a group of friends who are caught in the web of globalization, plan to meet at a place where they had spent their childhood and that place is Maavina Gudi Colony (Mango Temple Colony).
What’s Maavina Gudi Colony about:
As the name of the play suggests, it revolves around a mango tree, which is now on the verge of being cut down for the development of the area. So a group of seven friends who grew up in this colony decides to meet under the tree for one last time before it is destroyed. The group reminisces their memories associated with the tree which takes them and the audience on a warm, nostalgic trip. The play alternates between their adulthood and childhood and how a mere mango tree can influence and shape one’s life.
The screenplay and the portrayal of every character by the actors was a joy to watch. The chemistry between the actors is spot on and the audience gets immersed in the emotions of the story. With a script that has undergone various changes with every performance, it manages to reach out to all ages and takes you on a joyous trip down the memory lane. This play tells us how a life without smartphones and technology was not that dreadful after all.
What Could've Been Better:
The duration of the play could have been shortened but apart from that, the cast and the crew did an outstanding job.
Why you should watch:
The storyline meanders through different emotions and manages to touch the audience. It brings out the joy that we sometimes suppress to all the distractions of modern technology. Maavina Gudi Colony takes the adults in the audience on a heartwarming nostalgia trip and shows the youngsters how a life without bright screens and internet is not all that bad as one would imagine. Ranga Shankara hosted this play and have many more to offer in the month of April, so make sure you book your tickets for the next time this is being staged.
6th April – Bengaluru.
– Written by Ajay Alford.
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