Kaalak Kanavu, feminist docu-play, to be screened
A Tamil play Kaalak Kanavu, that translates loosely as ‘A Dream of Time’ is being screened. If you’re interested in the women’s movement, feminism and modern history, you would want to go. The play is written by the well-known feminist and historian V.Geetha and directed by A. Mangai, who runs the feminist theatre initiative, Marappachi.
Date: 13th October 2007
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: Queen Mary’s College
It’s part documentary, part play and is essentially a journey into our common feminist past and comprises moments from modern history that show women in public life or thinking of being part of something beyond family and domesticity. The docu-drama is around 75 minutes and touches on the nationalist movement, the devadasi debate, the coming of Christianity to Tamil Nadu and changes in women’s status, on unknown Muslim women’s voices and finally on the women in the self-respect movement.
This play is a way of linking up with our past, of claiming a history that is usually forgotten and using that to connect to the present.
Do tell your friends who might be interested.