The play is a millennial, English rendition of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Chitrangada’
Pink Polka Productions’ English play Chitraa, primarily based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada, went digital for the primary time with the unique forged on Could 28. “After we launched the play we had not anticipated the response we acquired,” says Prataya Saha, a Bengaluru-based impartial and award-winning filmmaker, who with Shatarupa Bhattacharyya directed the play remotely. “The play has crossed 6,000 views and been shared greater than a 100 instances. “We requested the actors to make use of their greatest cameras, DSLRs or cell phone cameras to shoot the video.”
Chitraa brings collectively the 2 media: theatre and movie in a manner that will in any other case be considered troublesome. Shatarupa says: “We have been clear that Chitraa is a play and never a movie. The technical facets of filmmaking was required to shoot the play, however theatrical parts have been retained within the play. Tagore took a lesser-known character from The Mahabharata, Chitrangada, and wrote a good looking story. It’s a interval drama and this lends a theatrical factor to it. Additionally we used the costumes designed for our earlier productions.”
Chitraa is a millennial, English rendition of Chitrangada. The story of Chitrangada is from the Adi Parva of The Mahabharata. Arjuna, who has taken an oath of celibacy, roams the jungles and reaches Manipur, which is dominated by princess Chitra, a fierce warrior and archer. She meets Arjuna and falls in love with him, however Arjuna refuses to marry her. So Chitra seeks the assistance of God Madana to remodel her into a good looking lady. After her transformation, she involves Arjuna once more. Will Arjuna fall in love together with her? “The play delves into stress and expectations of a patriarchal society on ladies and raises some necessary questions,” says Prataya.
The play opened in 2018 in Bengaluru at Alliance Francaise. This was adopted by reveals in Rangashankara and different locations earlier than travelling to Hyderabad. “There have been a number of renditions of the play however this one is exclusive with its hybridized fusion construction: modern comedy interlaced with the untouched unique romantic scenes by Tagore,” says Prataya, who says he trans-created the play. “I retained the unique as it’s. However I modified the romantic comedy. We’re not used to the romantic comedy in Tagore’s time. I made extra relatable to a recent viewers.”
The concept to digitise the play got here from one of many actors, Anshulika Kapoor. “These two-and-a-half months have been a time of turmoil for theatre artistes. I used to be seeing that folks have been doing webinars and video readings. Adversity offers you the most effective alternative. So I believed why not digitise Chitraa. I recommended we do a web-based studying of the play. Then Prataya recommended we shoot the play. We have been clear that it needed to be a theatre expertise and that movie would solely carry a few of its essence to theatre.”
Nonetheless, filmmaking was required to adapt the play to a digital platform. Prataya says: “Worldwide theatre organisations such because the Globe and Broadway began doing digital variations. We determined to take a leaf out of that format. Shatarupa and I brainstormed and chalked out a plan. We held rehearsals remotely over Zoom. Scenes have been shot utilizing iphones and DSLRs on a tripod. It was an intense interval of six days of manufacturing. For gentle design, filmmaking was required. I may perceive how the lighting could be, during which route the actor would wish to speak. We realised individuals are not used to watching a digitalised play. The viewers on digital platforms just isn’t essentially a theatre-going viewers. There have been numerous metaphors and poetry that goes into abstraction within the unique, and we needed to tone that down. We additionally toned down voice to go well with digicam. Additionally it helped that there have been a most of two characters in each scene, had it been a a number of forged, it could have been a problem. These have been among the refined nuances we labored on.”
Shatarupa provides: “We launched a sutradhar who takes the story ahead. Every part you see within the digitised model has been constructed by the actors. We instructed them tips on how to shoot and every thing was organized with no matter was accessible at residence: candlelight, desk lamps, cellular cameras.” Anshulika says doing the play earlier than helped in co-ordination. “Capturing took two to 3 days and the enhancing by Abhishekh Saravanan took 10 to 12 days.”
Contemplating that spotlight spans are brief on digital platforms, the play was shortened to 29 minutes. “We reduce out many scenes and whittled down an hour of footage,” says Anhsulika.
Chitraa additionally stars Surya Vasishta, Archana Kariappa and Subhabrata Kundu. Go to Pink Polka Productions Fb web page.