Playwright & Director: Suveeran
Group: Back Stage Kozhikode, Kerala
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins
Bhaskara Pattelarum Thommiyudey Jeevithavum is a play based on the novella titled Bhaskara Pattelarum Entey Jeevithavum written by famous Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia. Thommy, a Christian migrant labourer from Kerala is an obedient slave of his aggressive, tyrannical landlord Bhaskara Pattelar. Thommy obeys all the orders of his master, whether it is to make his own wife sexually available to his master or in killing Pattelar’s kindly wife, Saroja. When Pattelar escapes to a jungle, due to his own deeds, Thommy escorts him like a pet. But when Pattelar is killed Thommy exults in freedom.
Bhaskara Pattelar and My Life (Bahaskara Patterlaum Ente Jeevithavum), a play inspired by Zacharia sir’s novella, was first devised and directed by me in 1996. When UAE based Theatre Dubai asked if I could recreate it for the 2018-2019 KSC Bharath Murali Drama Fest, I enthusiastically agreed. Although every detail of what I did back in 1996 was clear in my mind, when I started to recreate the play, nothing seemed to work. So when things came to a grinding halt I went back to the original source – the novella – and started reworking from scratch to create the version it is today. My block was the result of being adamant about sticking to the 1996 version I had created. Bhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum allows infinite scope for evolution and contemporary interpretation. Thank you Zacharia sir for this timeless masterpiece.
The Director & Playwright
Suveeran a native of Azhiyur, Kozhikode is a Best feature film National awardee for Byari (2011), after completing his course at the School of Drama, Calicut University, Trichur and the School of Performing Arts, Pondicherry, though he was expelled from the National School of Drama, Delhi in his final year. Suveeran started his career as a director in amateur Malayalam drama and received recognition with his plays Agniyum Varshavum and Udambadokkolam. Recognized as an actor, director and painter, he has to his credit thirty plays and four short films which have received many awards. He also has published articles in leading periodicals in Kerala, many short stories and a novella. He has translated three plays Yerma, Island and Crime Passional to Malayalam. He has received the Sangeet Nataka Akademi award many times and many other awards like; National Film Award, India; SAARC Best Feature Film Award; and Theatre Award. He also got nominations in Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award.
Back Stage Kozhikode was formed in 1990 at Vatakara and the first play performed by the group was G. Sankarapillai’s Bharathavaakyam. The play was a sensational hit and was staged all around Kerala. It won numerous awards and encouraged the group to produce successful plays in the coming years.
The group regularly performs in the cities of kerala under the direction of Mr. Suveeran.
Cast & Credits
|Bhaskarapattelar||O T Shajahan|
|Somebody’s Wife||Riya Pravin|
|Others||Kanakaraj Mayyannur, Ismail Kadathand, Bharathan Kavil, Dasan M K,|
|Composed||Prasanth, Adesh Ipta|
|Recorded||Roy (Asian Studio)|
|Stage Manager||Shinil Vatakara|
Director, Back Stage Kozhikode
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