- Sep. 26, 2012 -
Hyderabad, September 25th: Keeping up with the tradition of staging socially meaningful plays during the Ganesh Festival, Rangadhara, Hyderabad presented a one-hour play "BhrashtacharachiPadavi (Diploma in Corruption)" written by SurendraChaturvedi in Hindi and translated in Marathi by AnantKulakarni and Dr. NitinFadnavis.
Corruption in high places is a burning topic of today, but corruption in the life of a common man is a matter of equally grave concern. The play "BhrashtacharachiPadavi”
voices these concern in form of a satire in which a middle class retired school teacher places an advertisement in local news paper about coaching classes for etiquettes and manners (Shishtachar)
. The advertisement is wrongly published as "coaching classes for Bhrashtachar (Corruption)"
. This leads to visits by a policeman, an officer from Municipal Corporation, and the education department who bully him. The hapless teacher ends up paying bribes to keep them quiet and not take any action against him. To top this, an ex-chief engineer from mining department offers himself as a faculty member. The exasperated teacher seriously decides to drop his idea of coaching classes for Shishtachar. Entry of a eunuch looking for any degree or diploma, hoping to achieve some sort of status in the society changes the tone of the play from sarcastic to serious. The teacher rejects the eunuchfor enrollment and the eunuch lashes out and ridicules the teacher for paying bribes to save his skin. "He who gives bribes is more responsible for corruption than he who receives them.”This scourge of corruption is like Bhishmacharya of Mahabharat, who is unconquerable, and cannot be killed” bemones the teacher. “Do not be afraid of consequences. Fight this war, become Arjun. We the descendents of Shikhandi will join hands with you” declares the eunuch as the play draws curtain.
Man from Municipal Corporation:
Man from Education Department : Krishna Kumbhar
Man expelled from Department of mines: SuhasBarve
Vasanta, the servant :Harshal Joshi
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