Find Yourself in Vrindavan
September 13, 2015 Mrina Natarajan / Vrindavan
I blame social media for forcing connectedness. Such pressure, to connect. To how many of the 400 “friends” are you really close? Do you ever meet in person? Have you ever cried to one of them? Now step outside into the real world. You’ll observe a similar state of affairs. You go to school, to work, see the same people, smile the same smiles, yet have so little to do with them. In this life of connectedness, we may as well be robots.
It is to escape this robotic existence that many of us get into drama and theater like at Naatak. Here, as a character who dances, sings, or enacts, we release the floodgates of emotions that had nowhere to go. Here we join the sea of vibrating expressions. And by some chance of a few seconds, minutes we escape the mundane world into the world of Vrindavan.
In Vrindavan, you’re sure to feel the soulful music Nachiket composed. You see a contrast. The reality of the Vrindavan widows is stark against their rich imaginations where life revels in lush colors of music and dance.
Some characters linger in your mind. Like Meera and Putul. Meera is a young widow, not quite ready to give up her desire for romantic love. Putul in contrast though only slightly older has not the same advantages of Meera’s youth nor naivety. Instinctively, Putul yearns for the same things as Meera but unconsciously scorns her for pursuing them.
Murariji is another interesting character. Ironically named after Krishna, he is hardly an icon of true love. But even in that lustful, dismissive attention of his, a widow seeks to belong. She hopes against the odds.
Well, the odds are that we can’t escape a mundane reality. But at Naatak, our characters reveal the real emotional undertones. A haven to connect within. Expressions that heal us soothe us, free us from a disconnected facade of togetherness.
Come, find yourself in Vrindavan.
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