A GRIPS theatre performance manifests human indifference to our natural resources and its consequences

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 6:20am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Resources are features of environment that are important and value to human in one form or the other. However, the advancement of modern civilisation has had a great impact on our planet's natural resources. So, conserving natural resources is very essential today. But just where do you start when you want to save the planet? And in which areas should you focus most of your efforts? And what happens when the nature, which has been cultivating us, refuses to support us any more?

Green revolt
Dhara Ki Kahani as the tagline suggests is about a green revolt. It centres around four characters a light bulb, a water tap, a fan and a dustbin who are taken for granted by the household they belong to and are continuously mistreated. Eventually, they revolt against humans. Revolt starts as tap stops giving water, bulb stops working, fan stops to move and dustbin decides to stop collecting garbage. Family members couldn't understand all this and grandfather helps them realise their mistake. In the end, the family promises to Dada Ji to take care of their immediate environment.

Power troubles
"The revolt metaphorically shows the disgust of nature towards man. With the revolt, the natural resources bring humans to their senses," says Deshik Vandasia who plays the made-in-China light bulb. "His name is Taiyang which means the sun in Mandarin," he says adding, "The bulb speaks Mandarin with a broken English with a Chinese accent. He is new to the world of humans and has the innocence of someone entering the new world."

Green woes
In a quest to gain our selfish motives, humans have become indifferent to nature. We exploit our natural resources shamelessly while ignoring in our face consequences. As if floods, storms and global warming are not enough indicators of nature's fury with humans, we are not paying any heed to the approaching calamity in the form of natural disasters. "My character fails to understand why these humans simply won't respect what they have, though it makes their lives better. Eventually, he joins others in a revolt and stops his existence to show the members of the house his importance," Deshik says.

The play -- a production by Actors Cult run by Maneesh Varma, Kalyani Hiwale and Kanupriya -- is a GRIPS-theatre (A German genreof theatre) which deals with our attitude in life, especially towards nature and objects in life and how we take them for granted.

When and Where: Today at Prithvi Theatre from noon

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