Imphal, April 19,
For Mime artists, audiences don’t required translation of what have expressed by their aesthetic body movement. Everything expressed is easily understood. That is what the people witness April 8 at the proscenium of Manipur Dramatic Union (MDU) here in Imphal.
Adapted from the Japanese classics ‘Rashomon’ was staged as “Kangla Gate”. The 30 minutes play presented by the Kanglei Mime Theatre Repertory; Imphal under the sponsorship of Ministry of Culture, Government of India is a workshop production by Aribam Devabrata Sharma as his individual project.
The inauguration function ahead of the 30 minutes play was attended by Yumnam Rajendra , Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee in Theatre, Ranjit Chingtham MSKA Awardee and Yumnam Sadananda Singh MSKA Awardee as dignitaries on the dice. Speakers lauded the effort of Aribam Devbarta Sharma for his dedication and hard work for the production of the 30 minutes long Mime Play “Kangla Gate”.
Rashomon (1950) is a Japanese crime drama that is produced with both philosophical and psychological overtones. An episode (rape and murder) in a forest is reported by four witnesses, each from their own point of view.
Adapted as Kangla Gate, Aribam Devabrata Sharma aesthetically directed his team in asking – Who is telling the truth? What is truth?
The performance of the artists Atai Konsam, Bitesh Rajkumar, Yumanm Poireiton, Kakchingtabam Robinson, Ningthoujam Peter, Sarungbam Malemnganba , Changleinganbi Khaidem Yumnam Jiteshwari and the director Devaabrata Sharba who also performed under the musical note played from the background by Rajkumar Vicyson, Milan, Yumnam Kelvin and Biken Waikhom put the whole audience open their eyes without a blink.