I had done puppet plays in schools, colleges, libraries, community halls, colonies cultural centres and spaces. Doing in the midst of the bazaar or market place was something unique, exciting and challenging too. Maybe I should say, my dream of playing in the market place has come out true.
I always, thought the crossroads junctions and market places are the best places for public awareness programmes.
We got to play not once but thrice in the market places of Jainoor Mandal bazaar-Jainoor, Kerimeri Mandal bazaar-Kerimeri and Indervelli Mandal Bazaar-Indervelli.
A mandal is a administrative division. It is a head town under which number of villages come.
All three market places were quite crowded, as it is the during the market day when all the villagers of the mandal come for purchasing provisions, groceries, clothes, selling vegetables, to buy agriculture related things. It's fun, frolic, colourful to watch Gonds tribal men and women in the market place. It is also place for meeting, getting acquaintances, rejoice and so on.
By the time we started setting up the stage and playing music, good crowd gathered to watch the amusement. As one of our Puppet peeped out, there was loud laugh, scream and many gathered back stage to find out whereabouts of puppets. Though the play was of 12 minutes duration, still we could manage the show for 30 minutes.There were comments of all kinds coming to us. some agreeing to the concept played, some not, some admiring the female puppet and so on.
At Kerimeri Mandal weekly bazaar, we did experience some chaos kind but the officer in charge of ITDA Utnoor, handled it smoothly and elegantly.
At Indervelli mandal bazaar, we performed on a mini truck midst rain.This was enthralling one.
The whole traffic came to an halt creating jam, busses, cars, autos were honking horns, full of commotion, some where taking pictures with mobile handsets, some video shooting it, some danced tothe music along with puppets...