An interesting ‘visual jugalbandhi,’ claimed to be a first in Indian theatre, was staged at Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. The ambitious endeavour was a a combination of play and paints. The event, a new visual interpretation of C.V. Balakrishnan‘s ‘Ayussinte Pusthakam‘ and an on-the-spot artistic impression of the play on canvas by artist Udayakumar, certainly entertained viewers.
C.V. Balakrishnan‘s ‘Ayussinte Pusthakam’ or ‘the Book of Life’ has haunted readers for more than quarter of a century now. Capturing a whole gamut of tumultuous emotions, the book questions concepts of sin and sexuality in the backdrop of doctrinaire religious concepts. P.C. Harish, who conceptualised the event, takes a refreshing deviation from the narrative style of Balakrishnan, opting to look at the story through a female point of view. What is sin, and who is a sinner is a view point which is the prerogative of the reader, opines Harish, and this can differ with every reading of the text.