Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 16: ‘Paan Thaba’ a theatre play based on the folk tale of Manipur popular as ‘Hanuba Hanubi Paan Thaba (Old man and woman planting taro) was staged at MDU hall on Sunday.
The play was scripted and directed by Usham Rojio, a JNU scholar. Rojio says, the play is an attempt to bring consciousness against the system of corruption which has engulfed the Maniuri society. Taro is one of the earliest cultivated plants in Southeast Asia and it is a symbol of indigenous civilisation. The folktale is very political in nature and ‘speaks the volume of systematic loots of people’s resources.
“While I acknowledge the richness of the native folk tale, I attempt to highlight the corruption in Manipur”, said Rojio.
The play calls for people’s resurgence to fight against the systematic loots of the people’s resources and energies.
The play treats the folk tale as a lesson to the audience who are the people of the state that time has come to punish the guilty cheaters in the political-society of the state like the old couple who attempts to punish the monkeys who cheated them in the folk tale.
The play begins with plantation of taro in the kitchen garden by the old couple. The monkeys came and befooled the couple to plant it after perfectly boiling it so that it would be fully grown in the next morning. The couple cooked the fully grown taro and have it. The taro as being replaced with the fully grown inedible wild taro makes the couple allergy. The couple determines to teach a lesson to the monkeys.