Sikkim Theatre Trainning Centre
Repertory Company is the performing wing of the National School of Drama, Sikkim Theatre Training Centre. It consists of a group of Artists. The main function of Repertory Company is to produce plays of high artistic merit and perform them regularly for the Theatre lovers in Sikkim and across the country. It was founded in 2012 and has performed nine plays “HAMI NAI AAFAI AAF”, "KALO SUNAKHARI”, "NIYAM TAH YAHI CHA”, “AB AUR NAHI”, “ANDHA YUG”, “TIRKHA”,"SAHASI AAMALA","MAYA MEGH" and "SUNTALA KO BAGAAN".
HAMI NAI AAFAI AAF (2011)
The play is inspired by one of the finest writers of Dogri language Padma Sachdev’s Hindi novel-“ Ab Na Banegi Dehari”. It is the story of a widow, Rewati and a saint, Giri Baba who fall in love with each other. Rewati is willing to give up everything and settle down with Giri Baba, but the fears of the society gets the better of him. The initiators of religion are afraid of the consequences of this romance. They believe that this relationship will affect people’s faith in God. They convince Giri Baba to take Samadhi. The play opens with festivities in the premise of the village Temple.
KALO SUNAKHARI (2012)
The play Kalo Sunakhari is inspired by Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi’s novel ‘’Sonam’ which is set against the Brokpa tribe (a section of Monpa) of Arunachal Pradesh, a community owing yak herds where a women is socially allowed to marry more than one man. The narrative is adapted in today’s Sikkim, attempts to analyse the collective belief, social practices and cultural discourses that shaped the life and society of the characters of a particular time. The entire dramatic incidence, happening and actions are confined to three main characters, interwined in a love triangle. The play is essentially a non-verbal also to open up this debate in today’s context that human body is biologically made for another human body, but the inner
NIYAM TAH YAHI CHA (2013)
The play “Niyam Ta Yahi Cha” is a Nepali adaptation of German Playwright Bertolt Brecht’s “Exception and the Rule”. The background of the play has been set up on a part of the silk route, which is between Sikkim and China. A businessman wants to go to Sileri via Juluk along with a porter and a guide. An auction of an oil-well is supposed to take place in Sileri and whoever will reach first will win the auction. The road to Silari is full of hardship, it passes through the dangerous mountain valley and deserted icy land. To win the auction, Chhigle (the businessman) forces the porter and the guide to move faster. The businessman assumes that the guide is not doing his duty properly so he asks him to control the porter strictly.
Three of them reach Juluk before time and the road ahead to Sileri is a deserted icy mountain path. The businessman gets scared and moreover afraid of the friendship between the guide and the porter. He decides to dismiss the guide from the journey. As the guide was aware that there will be a scarcity of drinking water in the future journey, he gives his water-flask to the porter.
The businessman reaches the bank of river Tista along with the porter. As he sees that the banks are flooded, he threatens the porter with his revolver to get into the water. In the process, the porter fractures his arm and forgets the route. The businessman gets angry and beats him. The businessman becomes thirsty. He hides his own water-flask and snatches the porter’s flask to quench his thirsty. He starts to tell a story of thirsty to the porter the soft –hearted porter get afraid by thinking that if the businessman dies because of thirsty, he will not only lose his job but at the same time he will be accused of his death. So he takes out the water –flask, which was given by the guide and approaches to offer it to the businessman but the businessman misunderstands his approach. The businessman assumes the water –flask as a stone and shot the porter.
The case open in the court. The widow of the porter demand punishment for the murder of her husband and a compensation for her children’s upbringing. The guide assures her that she will get justice because he has the proof. The court procedure starts and everybody narrates their part. The guide proves that the indentation of the porter was to offer water and not murder. The court hears everything and gives the verdict, “The businessman could not expect any help from a class from where the porter belongs to. Moreover his crime to the porter dissuaded him to expect any help from the porter. In this circumstance, the businessman shot the porter to save his own life and because of this the court acquits him completely”.
AB AUR NAHI (2014)
The play “Ab Aur Nahi” has been inspired by “Romeo and Juliet” a tragic romantic play by William Shakespeare. The play begins with a brawl between Wi-fi anf Hi-fi gang. Wi-fi gang believes themselves to be the native and from a royal background where as Hi-fi gang belong to a business class family, who have been living there for a very long time. They are always fighting for their land, existence and identity with each other. Mean while format (bar owner) who is friends with both the gang discovers that Orkut (Romeo) of Hi-fi gang, is stem from unrequited infatuation for a girl named Rosaline. Persuaded by format, Orkut attends the party (thrown by Wi-fi gang for Hacker’s only sister) at the pub in the hope of meeting Rosaline. However, Orkut (Romeo) instead meets and falls in love with Juliet (Hacker’s only sister). Hacker gets enraged at Orkut and his Hi-fi gang for being at the party and both the gang challenges each other for the fight. After the party, in the balcony scene, Orkut sneak’s in to the orchard and calls out to Juliet to her window and proposes to her. He makes himself known to her and they both agree to be together in-spite of their gang’s hatred. Blue Ray (Hacker’s girlfriend) and format, being aware of the love between Orkut and Juliet, hopes that both Hi-fi and Wi-fi gang reconcile. Hacker still incensed that Orkut had sneaked into the party challenges Hi-fi gang for a fight. Orkut, considering Hacker as his lover’s only brother, refuses to fight.
Whereas Torrent leader of Hi-fi gang accepts it, when Orkut attempts to stop the fight, Hacker stabs Torrent with a knife. Grief stricken Orkut confronts and moves forward to kill Hacker when Torrent shoots Hacker with a Gun. Dongle (Wi-fi gang) puts a false accusation on Orkut for the murder of Hacker. Orkut reaches out to his love Juiet in her chamber to explain that he did not kill her brother. Both of them then goes to seek help from Format to move out of the place and start their new life somewhere else. On other side both the gangs will be still fighting with each other. When Blue Ray turns up and explains to them about what they have been doing all these years and what they have lost today. At last both the gang regrets their mistakes and unite with each other. They realize that fights, hatred, ego is all meaningless and worthless. In this play we have shown time in different places and in different avatar. The time has played a very important and a vital role. Its time which makes and its time which breaks. Time decides meeting and parting. And at last in this play time unites everyone.
ANDHA YUG (2015)
The play Andha yug is based on epic Mahabharata. In the last day of 18 days long Mahabharata war where Kaurava’s has lost their battle with the only survivor Duryodhana. And in Hastinapur Ghandhari, King Dhritarashtra and Mahtama Vidura was waiting for Sanjay to know the war scenario and also to know the Duryodhana’s battle status. In Kurkshetra Ashwatthama long for one last revenge against Pandavas. Yudhisthira’s half truth was the reason of Drona’s death. And Ashwatthama who was longing to take revenge from the Padva’s for killing his father Drorna. In the middle of night, he goes to the Pandav’s shivir (camp) where he found everyone sleeping he takes advantage of that and kills Pandav’s sainik. In this act of killing Kripacharya and Kritavarma also helps Ashwatthama.
Sanjay tells the story of the war field in detail to Gandhari, Dhritarashtra and Vidur. After listing to the sanjay’s war story Gandhari expresses her interest to visit the war field (Kurkshetra) and to see the war incident with her own eyes. Ashwatthama out of anger and with the intension of revenge releases the ultimate weapon, the brahmastra which kills the Utara’s unborn child. For such act Krishna curses the Ashwatthama and snatches the mani (stone). After Krishna’s curse Aswatthama’s body covers with thousands of wounds and blood. Out of shame he runs in to the jungle. In the war field Duryodhana dies after a very long battle. Mata Gandhari starts weeping after seeing his son’s dead body and she curse Krishna for this massacre. Lord Krishna accepts Mata Gandhari’s curse. And after many years Krishana also dies from the hand of an ordinary hunter because of the Gandhari’s curse.
Based on a story by Rabindranath Togore, the play is weaved into a performance that raises poignant questions. A man purchases a Persian slave girl and gifts her against her will to the Badshah. The girl laments hysterically like a crazed women. Does her lament signify personal disappointment or the yearnings of the entire female race? Mehar Ali keeps shouting "These are false... Keep away" What does his shouting signify? The stone statues come alive at night, transforming themselves into enchantresses who overpower the men unwittingly venturing there. Whose perspective is this? A man's or women? How should the lamentations of the stone statues be interpreted? Do they thirst for male company? Or they want to be freed from the bondage of the enchantresses?
The action begins in the North West region of Sontarai at the outskirts
village on the highway in the spring of 1630. The region is ravaged with
and armies are desperate for fresh recruitments. Sahasi Aamala, the
wagon woman, protests against the forceful recruitment of her elder son
eventually loses her son to the army officers. She keeps travelling
with the Jatadhari army, doing business on the way with the help of her
daughter Rammo and her other son. With passage of time, travelling with
army, she develops relations with the commander’s cook. She is reunited
her elder son in one of the camps. Sahasi Aamala’s habitation is invaded
she is held captive by the Tilakdhari army. She manages to free Rammo
her son gets killed. Her wagon is ransacked and destroyed by the
soldiers. Two years pass by.
The war has spread to new zones like Gujar Ghati, Paharhichowki, Bhairon Taal...etc, Sahasi Aamala continues to tread along with the army in these war ridden zones. She runs her business of canteen wagon as usual. On one occasion she and Rammo are assaulted by the army for helping the injured peasants by offering them army uniform shirts, the enraged soldiers destroy her wagon. The commander of the Tilakdhari army is martyred and his funeral procession is held in the Gujar valley. People are discussing about war heroes and the priest feels his worthlessness. By the year 1638 Sahasi Aamala's business of canteen wagon reaches all time high with her wagon ever loaded with fresh supplies. One day Rammo is attacked and disfigured by the soldiers on her way back after buying materials to sell.
In the year 1640, there is a brief ceasefire between the warring armies after the death of the king of Jatadharis. Although happy that two of her children have survived the war, Sahasi Aamala worries that peace will doom them financially. But war breaks in no time, and she is back in business, unfortunately her other son is captured and executed for killing peasants and stealing live stocks during brief peacetime. Sahasi Aamala remains unaware of son's death. By the autumn of 1642 business has slows down and Sahasi Aamala, Rammo and the cook are forced to beg for food. The cook discovers he has inherited an inn and invites Sahasi Aamala to share it with her. Sahasi Aamala is unwilling to abandon Rammo, so he leaves them. In 1643, Sahasi Aamala leaves Jatadharis and joins the Tilakdharis and does business in town. Meanwhile, Rammo learns that the Jatadharis are planning a secret invasion by night. Rammo climbs onto a rooftop and beats drum loudly to warn the town of the approaching attack.
The Jatadhari soldiers plead with her to stop drumming but she refuses. The soldier shoots her. Now all three of Sahasi Aamala’s children are dead. Sahasi Aamala sings a lullaby for Rammo .Then she returns to her canteen wagon and begins following a passing regiment- in business once again.
This is a tale which revolves around the life of a couple who leads ordinary lives and bicker incessantly. The wife is depressed about how her life turned out to be and hopes for salvation. One day the God of Death, Yama sends his messengers to inform her that she now has only twenty-four hours to live after which she would depart from the earth. The husband grows furious when he learns of this but is later deeply saddened by the news. He gradually realizes how precious his wife is to him. The wife, knowing that her end is near, tries to live her entire life within the span of a day. The play follows how the husband finds ways and means to fight the order of universe and dissuade the God of Death from taking her away.
SUNTALA KO BAGAAN
This is a tale which revolves around the life of a couple who leads
ordinary lives and bicker incessantly. The wife is depressed about how
her life turned out to be and hopes for salvation. One day the God of
Death, YamaIt is 1975-80, Sikkim. It is a time undergoing immense social
and economic shifts. A time for change in all over India as well. The
decline of the feudalistic values and cultures giving way to mass
industrialization paving the way for the Gigantic capitalist world view.
It is also a time when the authoritative and ancestrally riches are
becoming poor and vulnerable. Aristocracy is showing signs of decay and
the lower strata are growing stronger.
Mrs. Sharda Devi is an embodiment of this declining aristocracy. Once a Zamindarini, she is now so much under debt and mortgage that her ancestral property of an estate along with her very beloved orange orchard is on the verge of auction. She is coming back to Sikkim from Kolkata after 5 years along with her daughter Sandhya to take care of the financial problems and settle the legal proceedings. Accompanying her is her trusted maidservant Ranjit.
Dinesh, once a servant to the estate by birth lineage (his father & Grandfather were also servant to the estate) has come back to the estate after accumulating huge wealth by working in Dubai for a couple of years. He has been back with a sole purpose and that is to buy off Sharda Devi’s estate and orange orchard. A sense of rivalry continues to work in him. As Sharda Devi is left with no other choice but to auction of the estate, Dinesh buys it. Sharda Devi and her family morally collapse. But they have nothing to do, as the power has shifted hands. And money has changed sides. It is not with Sharda Devi anymore, it is with Dinesh.
Dinesh plans to build up a colony on the huge grounds of the orange garden. Where there would be school for the children and hospital for the people. All the trees are being cut down. Old Ratnaman is left alone in the dilapidated estate. Sharda Devi leaves in utter despair, her future unknown. The sound of the axe blade on the tree trunks seems very familiar to the last breath of an ailing man, of a dying culture, of a decaying social structure.
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