Street play of teachers turns curtain raiser of Kerala School Kalolsavam in Kozhikode

Roja Jayaram

Teachers stage street play. Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kozhikode: The women's teacher's theatre group of Sravanika - an amalgamation of arts, performed a street play as a curtain raiser for the 61st Kerala State School Kalolsavam in Kozhikode. The street play was staged near S.K.Pottekkatt's statue at S.M. Street on Tuesday.

The play titled “Va, Namukkoru nadakam kalichaalo” (Come, let’s stage a play) featured Malayalam’s beloved women characters such as Vaikom Mohammad Basheer’s Pathumma from “Pathummayude aadu,” S.K. Potttekkat’s Unnooli Amma from “Oru Desathinte Katha,” M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s Oppol from “Oppol,” R.Rajashri’s Kalyani and Dakshayani from “Kalyaniyennum Dakshayaniyennum Peraya Randu Sthreekalude Katha” and Uroob’s Rachiyamma from “Rachiyamma.”

The play brought these iconic characters together to welcome the town to the State School Kalolsavam. It also emphasized critical issues that need to be addressed, such as the use of plastic, drug addiction, and smoking in public areas. Characters interacted with the audience while speaking about the history of S.M street and why it was called Mittayitheruvu.

Mary Ermina Rodriguez, a teacher at GGV HSS, Faroke, also joined the team by creating a beautiful painting of famous writer Vaikom Mohammed Basheer on the spot.

“We started the preparations for the play only a week back. We didn’t have much time for practice as it was exam season. Nevertheless, we are delighted with how the play turned out. We are so happy to see such a large crowd watching our play,” shared Jule Vogt, a teacher at St. Joseph's Anglo-Indian Girls Higher Secondary School. Julie played the role of M.T Vasudevan Nair’s Oppol in the play. Neena KV (Headmistress, Poilur Central LP School), Professor Dr. C. Bhamini (DIET, Kozhikode), Nisha. R (Teacher, G.H.S.S. Aazhchavattam), Soumya A.T (Teacher, Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda), played Pathumma, Unnooli amma, Dakshayani, and Kalyani respectively.

The play was directed by the famous dancer Sukanya. P who is also a teacher at Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda. The script was a combined effort of Sajitha Kamal (Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School - Meenchanda, Smita Sivaraman (G V H S S Kondotty), and Jyotsna PK (Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School - Meenchanda). Jisha C (G.H.S. Thadikkadavu - Kannur) did art direction while music was handled by Radhi PK (G.V.H.S.S for Girls Nadakkavu) and costume design by Jisma (St Joseph's Anglo-Indian Girls Higher Secondary School).

Kozhikode district will host the 61st Kerala State School Kalolsavam from January 3 to 7 in 24 venues. The logo was already released on Thursday by Minister for Public Works Department and Tourism PA Mohammed Riyas during a ceremony held in Kozhikode.

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