Director : Harish Ithape
Playwright : Shyam Pethkar
Music : Virendra Latnkar
Group : Adhyayan Bharti, Wardha, Maharashtra
Language : Marathi
Duration : 90 Mns.
‘Teravan’ is a presentation on the life of a single woman from a suicide-prone farmer’s family. The play depicts the story of the struggle of these single women after the death of their husbands, and how the fighting with it, changes the lives of themselves and their children. After being single, those women have to fight with family, society and economic problems, it has been vividly depicted in this play. This play, written by Shyam Pethkar, is based on true events. The struggle of single women to come out of the difficult situation is shown through this play.
‘Tervan’ is a drama depicting the story of the agony and struggle of the widows of suicide-afflicted farmer families of Vidarbha region. The idea of this drama was sown when I had organized a personality development workshop for single women affected by farmer suicides. In this workshop, under the efforts being made to instill confidence in women, many layers of their lives were revealed. Along with this, many such questions came to the fore, due to which those were having difficulties in maintain pace with the society and living with their heads held high. The incidents that occurred to them, the various questions they asked, and their agony- inspired me. And I found theater to be a powerful medium, so that I could appeal to the society to put their questions in front of the society, and include them in the mainstream. Marathi folk songs have been used in this play to revive the folk tradition of Maharashtra. While keeping the problem of the society in front of the audience, this drama has been presented by understanding the psychology of the audience along with the society. This drama not only entertains the audience, but also raises questions against the stereotype prevailings in the society. This is an attempt to convey the struggle, these single women have faced in their lives, to the audience through drama by bringing that struggle in narrative form. The story of single women in their own words!
Harish Ithape has been active since 1998 in theatrical activities with the spirit of cultural movement at the forefront of Indian theatre- Marathi theatre. Understanding the seriousness of social issues, he found theater as a powerful medium of amendment and resolution. More than 60 productions produced under his direction have been performed in the flow of Rangdhara. Several productions directed by him have been awarded. He has been honored seven times by the Government of Maharashtra with the honor of Best Director, along with Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Parishad, Natya Group, Mumbai and various organizations have honored him in the field of theatre. He has conducted theater workshops in various cities across the state of Maharashtra to provide dynamism to the theater stream. He has earned the best director award for productions like Ragtapeeti, Bandi Kramank, Supari.com, Dabholkarache Bhoot’, ‘Tingle: Tingle’, ‘Aadvi Batli’, ‘Teravan’. He is currently working on the concept of Agro Theatre. He is one of the founding members of the “NAAM Foundation” set up by actors Nana Patekar and Makrand Anaspure. He is working as the Chief Coordinator of Naam Foundation, Vidarbha and North Maharashtra.
Shyam Pethkar is a famous writer and journalist. Active in the mainstream of journalism for the last three decades, he is well known as a cinema, theater and serial writer. He is one of the founding members of the Naam Foundation, established by the actors Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure. He has written ‘Ragatpeeti’, Bandi Kramnk’, ‘Ek Hota Manus’, ‘Dabholkarache Bhoot’, ‘Tervan’ etc. on the basis of experience and contemplation of rural life. He has been awarded the state level award for the play ‘Ragatpeeti’. He has been honored with ‘Meta Samman’ for the story and dialogues of the film ‘Gosht Choti Dongra Isshani’. He has written films and serials like ‘Tikal Te Political’, ‘Anandache Dohi’, ‘Gargi Ek Vichar’ etc.
Inspired by the purpose of Theatre activities and cultural movement and, established in 1998 by young artists, ‘Adhyayan Bharti’, was registered in 2000. The group was started with the aim of embracing experimentation by researching and revising new ideas, concepts and social problems. The group’s priority is participatory works and performances, while embracing new languages and styles of performance. The group has produced ‘Bandh Reshmache’, ‘Ragatpeeti’, ‘Themb Themb Aabhal, Ek Naya Shishtachar’, Ek Hota Manus’, ‘Ku.Sau.Kamble, Bandi Kramank’, ‘Dabholkarache Bhoot’, ‘Advi Batli’, Waiting for Vithoba. , Hello Zindagi, Tanmajori, Aadhe Adhure, Aaghat Chakra, Teravan etc. We have highlighted social problems through many productions. The group has organized the productions in association with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs – Government of Maharashtra, South Central Cultural Center, Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Parishad. The group has regularly organized drama training workshops from 2005 to 2015 for the youth, and to dynamize the children’s theatre. Presently the group is working on the concept of ‘Agro Theatre’. Tervan is the production of this concept.