I know a little about zodiacs, a little more about handwriting analysis, now after I attended the recent MBTI training last Sunday morning, I am beginning to guage if I am sense oriented or intuitive, extrovert or introvert, thinker or feeler, perceptive or keen to judge – I am hoping this exercise will assist me in knowing myself better – the narcissist in me is ever so interested to know my personality type, I say.
I had to cross Rangashankara to attend the training – The security guard handed us the program schedule for the entire month. How can we ignore such a noble gesture? We smiled at him that implied ‘we will be back soon’. We were done with the training by two, excused ourselves from joining for lunch with the team and rushed to book the tickets, grabbed a quick South Indian meal in the food joint opposite Rangashankara and were ready for the second training of the day at 3.30 PM – How to relieve and relax your mind? It was named differently though – The Incredible Mullah Nasruddin.
Raghuvir Yadav had portrayed Nasruddin years back on TV. I liked him then. Somehow I liked them more in the play – That’s right, its plural. Nasruddin was portrayed by all five actors including Nithya, the only lady performer and what a way to handle the concept – just by moving the turban the actor would play Mullah which looked impromptu yet we know that it was very well rehearsed – the character was played by each one of them even reminding each other at times – “Its your turn now” Seemed like a rehearsal practice session was in progress and that is what I liked most.
To entertain the Caliph, Mullah Nasruddin travels to India in search of intelligent people and that’s how the play unfolds. Pushan Kriplani who directed the show could possibly encourage some one from the clan to try something similar with our very own Indian Nasruddin – Tenali Ram.
The sand art in the backgroup reflecting the mood of the play, the places – India or Arabia immensely added to the performance. The sand artiste uses sand to draw images of each scene on an acrylic surface which was captured through the projector.
We know most of the stories, be it the one that indicated if smelling is as good as eating then hearing the jingle of gold coins is as good as being paid or the rooms being too crowded for the family and Nasruddin’s advise to add animals as well one after another and later when they were removed from the house, there was enough space for the family. There were 21 stories in all however the count hardly matters. What matters is the crowd’s involvement right from attendance to participation followed by deafening applause by the end of it.
Each performer drew loads of praises from most of us when they were open to questions from the audience with just one child actually curious to know “Where did the donkey go?’ It is encouraging to see the growing interest in watching plays and particularly to find children so keen to be part of it. When the performers wanted a volunteer for the last story, a child happily joined them on stage, did a quick rehearse and performed her bit just as expected. The whole piece owes its credit to a language of creativity, not English or Kannada – Sometimes they just merged languages, eras to Modi-fy the original and blend with the current circumstances.
There was not a single dull moment in either of the training, and I think we both know our personality type now – the never growing types!!