Thanneer Thanneer – The Play ‘Thanneer Thanneer’ is acknowledged as one of the most significant plays of the last century. It hit the screen with explosive force in 1981, and was staged more than 250 times all over India.
The play is located in the insignificant, water-starved village called ‘Athipatti’ in Thirunelveli District. This play ‘Thanneer Thanneer’ highlighted acute water shortage in rural areas due to the apathetic attitude of politicians and bureaucrats.
This story is about administration negligence on suffering villagers, excessive bureaucratic regulation (Red tape),greed, power and powerlessness. So successful was this simple story as a play, that it was made in to a Tamil film directed by the reputed K.Balachander, which won national award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
The play was published as a book by ‘Vanathi pathipagam’ and the book was a prescribed book for M.A.Tamil Literature students of Alagappa University. It has been translated in to English by S.Shankar, Professor of English at University of Hawaii. The play also bagged ‘Ilakkiya Chinthanai’ award for the best play literature.
Vellaisamy, a bonded labourer who has killed his tyrannical master, flees to a drought-stricken village. Given refugee there, he encourages the villagers to take certain actions to better their condition. When a remote village faces severe water shortages, the inhabitants adopt all possible means to bring their problem to the attention of the authorities- their endeavor to bring water in a cart from a nearby falls, their boycott of an election, their attempt to dig a canal to the village – are of little avail.
The play leaves the audience with some fundamental questions on this social and political set-up and the attitude and approach of our society towards fellow human beings. We have retained the period of the play to 1980s, as we believe such villages do still exist and not a great deal perhaps has changed in 30 odd years!.
On-Stage (Cast in order of Appearance)
|Azhagiri R. Balraj|
|Scene Set||‘Padma Stage’ Kannan|
|Produced by Lalitha Dharini|