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Caucasian Chalk Circle – Kannada play

February 5, 2018

ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಟಕ ‘ಕಕೇಸಿಯನ್ ಚಾಕ್ ಸರ್ಕಲ್’

ಮೂಲ : ಬರ್ಟೋಲ್ಟ್ ಬ್ರೆಕ್ಟ್
ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ : ಜಿ. ಏನ್. ರಂಗನಾಥರಾವ್
ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ : ಚಂದ್ರ ಕೀರ್ತಿ. ಬಿ

ಗುರುವಾರ | 8 ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 2018 | ಸಂಜೆ 7:30ಕ್ಕೆ

ರಂಗ ಶಂಕರ

ನಾಟಕದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ:
ಜರ್ಮನ್ ನಾಟಕಕಾರ ಬರ್ಟೋಲ್ಟ್ ಬ್ರೆಕ್ಟ್ ನ ‘ಕಕೇಸಿಯನ್ ಚಾಕ್ ಸರ್ಕಲ್’ ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಜಿ. ಏನ್. ರಂಗನಾಥರಾವ್ ಅವರು ಅನುವಾದಿಸಿದ್ದು, ಈ ನಾಟಕ ‘ತಾಯ್ತನ’ದ ಹೊಸ ವ್ಯಾಖ್ಯಾನವನ್ನು ಬಿಂಬಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

ತಾಯಿ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ವಾಸ್ತವವಾಗಿ ಹೆಣ್ಣಿನ ಜೈವಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ನೆನಪಿಸುವ ಪದ. ಆದರೆ ತಾಯಿ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಬರಿಯ ದೇಹವಲ್ಲ; ಅದೊಂದು ಮನಸ್ಸು, ಮನಃಸ್ಥಿತಿ. ತಾಯ್ತನವೆನ್ನುವುದು ಒಂದು ಭಾವ.

ಈ ನಾಟಕ ಒಂದು ಮಗುವಿನ ನಿಜವಾದ ತಾಯಿ ಯಾರು ಎಂಬ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ಬಿಡಿಸಲೆಂದು ಚಾಕ್ ಸರ್ಕಲ್ ಅನ್ನು ಬರೆದು ಅದರೊಳಗೆ ಮಗುವನ್ನು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಿ, ಮಗು ತಮ್ಮದೆಂದು ಜಗಳವಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಇಬ್ಬರು ತಾಯಂದಿರಿಗೆ ಮಗುವಿನ ಕೈಗಳನ್ನ ಎಳೆಯಲು ತಿಳಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಯಾರು ಜೋರಾಗಿ ಎಳೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾರೊ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಮಗು ಸೇರುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಬ್ರೆಕ್ಟ್ ತನ್ನ ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಜೈವಿಕವಾಗಿ ಹೆತ್ತತಾಯಿ ಮಗುವನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರಾಶಸ್ತ್ಯ ನೀಡುವುದೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಅವನ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಜೈವಿಕತೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸುವಂಥದ್ದಲ್ಲ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಯಾರು ಮಗುವನ್ನು ಪ್ರೀತಿ-ಮಮತೆಯಿಂದ ಸಾಕಿರುತ್ತಾಳೊ ಅವಳಿಗೆ ಮಗುವನ್ನು ಸೇರುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಜೈವಿಕ ಹಕ್ಕು ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಸಂಬಂಧಗಳನ್ನು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಲಾರದು- ಎಂದು ಈ ನಾಟಕ ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

Kannada play by ‘Theatre Artistree’ presents Caucasian Chalk Circle – Kannada play

Playwright: Bertolt Brecht
Translation: G. N. Ranganatha Rao
Direction: Chandra Keerthi. B

About the play:
‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ is a play by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht. An example of Brecht’s epic theatre, the play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its wealthy natural parents.

The story begins on Easter Sunday, when Georgi Abashwili, the governor, is killed by his brother – the Fat Prince, in a coup. The Fat Prince takes over the leadership of the city as everyone, including the governor’s wife, Natella, flees the city. Grusha, who is the governor’s maid, escapes with the Governor’s son, Michael, after his mother leaves him behind.

Grusha heads to the north where her brother lives but she encounters many obstacles along the way as she tries to hide young Michael from the Fat Prince’s soldiers who want to kill him. She, for instance, pays two piasters for Michael’s milk, hits a soldier with a piece of firewood and risks both hers and Michael’s life to cross a bridge that is about to collapse.

When Grusha reaches the north, she seeks refuge in her brother’s house. Lavrenti, her brother, later forces her into a marriage with a ‘dying man’ called Jussup. Their marriage ceremony is conducted by a drunken monk. Soon after, the guests learn that the war is over. The ‘dying man’, who had feigned sickness to avoid going to war, miraculously recovers and Grusha is stuck with a husband she did not want. Grusha’s real love, Simon Shashava, who had been taking part in the war, returns and finds Grusha already married.

Soon after, the soldiers discover Grusha and forcefully take Michael away from her and return him to the city claiming that she belongs to the governor’s wife. Grusha follows Michael to the city. Natella also comes back to the city to claim custody of Michael so that she can inherit Georgi’s estate. The dispute over who should get Michael goes before the city judge, Azdak, who decides that a chalk circle be drawn on the floor and the child be placed in the middle. The two women are then ordered to pull him out of the circle and whoever manages would get him. Natella pulls so hard that

she manages to get Michael out of the circle whereas Grusha refuses to pull hard for fear that they might tear the child apart. The judge then rules in favour of Grusha and orders Natella to leave. In the end, Grusha is also divorced from Jussup by the same judge.

Tickets available at #RangaShankara box office also online on Bookmyshow :

on Thursday | 8th February 2018 | 7:30 PM

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross,
(Next to J P Nagar Post Office)
2nd Phase, JP Nagar,
Bangalore 560 078.

Directions to the Venue:

At the Venue:
No late entry permitted. No refund on tickets. Children below eight years not allowed (Unless play has specific audience discretion)

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