Swamy Kalyanam: an educational yet comedy play
City’s first Telugu theatre group Popu Dabba has performed their first play Swamy Kalyanam at Lamakaan on Sunday night. The comedy play, which was originally written for and staged by Manch theatre group earlier, entertained the audience to the hilt. The play has seven characters in all and it revolves around the wedding of two lovers — for the sake of his beloved, the guy turns into a fake swamiji as his partner’s father is obsessed with swamijis.
Swamy Kalyanam, in a way, showcases how the present society blindly believes in swamijis for several reasons and it can be, sometimes, taken as an advantage by others. It is a comedy drama in which the father gets to know the lie his daughter resorts to and plays his cards whereas the couple tries all the tricks to get married. Though some lines in the play are well-written, the comedy seemed to be routine.
Most of the dialogues were punchlines and added to the hilarity of the play and were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience who laughed away to their heart’s content. Of all, the female lead was fair to her character who was interacting more with the other characters on-stage while delivering dialogues unlike the rest who were, most of the time, facing the audience and it takes the essence of watching a theatre play away from the audience.
Even if the dialogues remain the same, the play requires that the characters talk to fellow artistes more during their interactions rather than addressing the audience throughout the play.