SONS AND FATHERS
Indian mythology and history is rife with conflicts between fathers and sons, with fathers asking sons to toe the line or to sometimes make life-changing decisions in the interest of social order. The play exposes some of these conflicts through the stories of:
Ashtavakra & Khagodara: Ashtavakra's eight deformities disappear when he forgives his father for cursing him when he was still in his mother's womb.
Mandhata & Yuvanashva: Mandhata learns of his birth from Yuvanashva's thigh.
Puru & Yayati: Sukracharya curses Yayati with premature old age because he is unfaithful to his daughter. Puru accepts the curse on his father's behalf.
Parasurama & Jamadakni: Parasurama executes a harsh demand that his father makes of him, unquestioningly. He receives a boon in return for this action.
Paravasu, Aravasu & Raibhya: Raibhya is angry that his son Paravasu is chosen over him to conduct the fire sacrifice. This is the story of their conflict and how Aravasu, Raibhya's younger son is dragged into the quagmire of deceit and hatred.
Sunandha Ragunathan is a theatre professional who has been working with different Chennai groups for over 8 years, some of whom include Madras Players, Theatre Nisha, Justus Repertory and CreaShakthi. She has enjoyed acting in productions ranging from comedy and contemporary British plays to Indian classical. Some of her memorable roles are diverse - an autistic man (Simon Stephens’ ‘Motortown’), a troubled maid (Jean Genet’s ‘The Maids’) and a jester inspired by King Lear’s Fool (Girish Karnad’s ‘The Fire and the Rain’). Over the years, to meet the physical idea of some of her roles, Sunandha has trained herself in classical dance, kalaripayattu and silambam.
An English postgraduate from the University of Westminster, Sunandha also enjoys writing scripts for the stage. Her plays usually focus on universal themes of our need for acceptance, our refusal to accept change and how much dreams mean to us. Some of her full-length and 10 minute plays have been performed by Theatre Nisha, The Debauch Company, Strayfactory and various schools.
Recently she launched her own theatre outfit ‘The Debauch Company’. ‘Romancing Guy – Maupassant in India’, their first show staged adaptations of four Guy De Maupassant short stories. The focus of The Debauch Company will be on familiarizing local audiences with foreign authors in an Indian milieu. Physical theatre and absurd theatre are also areas that interest members of The Debauch Company.