December 14, 2015
“Indha Nilathil Ulla Uyirgalukellam Aadharam – Nilam” (Land is the source of life to all living beings). The artistes walked into the fund raiser event at the Happy Streets on Sunday chanting the words as they staged the play ‘Midhakum Pinangal’.
Pictorially depicting the reasons and the aftermath of the rains and the deluge that followed, the students of PSG College of Arts and Science brought out the pain of the victims.
Condemning the encroachments on water bodies, which was a major reason attributed to the floods, the students portrayed how the waters engulfed houses and roads killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless.
Mocking the poor management of water bodies and the mismanagement of lakes around Tamil Nadu, the artists also portrayed how the waters got locked and flooded the land.
They also portrayed how the rain, which was once a happy incident for children, had turned into a nightmare after the Chennai and Cuddalore deluge.
Depicting children playing with rain water, the artistes showed the closure of schools as a happy occasion for children; at the same time how it raises a question mark for their future. The children begin to see the rain as a monster calling it ‘Mazhai Mirugam’ (the rain monster).
The plight of the adults on the other hand is worse with people running after little food crumbs and drops of drinking water. They even fight over relief materials showing the exact position of the affected people. However, the artistes mocked the photo posing attitude of politicians and people who give relief materials to the flood-affected victims.
Falling apart fighting against the strong tides of water, the artistes scattered dead all over the ground drenched in water and finally rose with their hands lifted towards the audience requesting them to lend a helping hand to the flood affected regions of Tamil Nadu.
The play was directed by Prof. L. Ramraj from the Department of Tamil of the PSG College of Arts and Science.