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    After serving up intense plays in English and other regional languages for 15 years, Theatre Nisha turns the spotlight on eminent Tamil writer, Andal Priyadarshini. Solladi Sivashakti sees eight short stories designed around women, exploring their smallest desires and aspirations and the greatest complexities. According to the director, Balakrishnan Venkataraman, the plays — Karpanapaduvadhu, Vaanavil vaazhkai, Dosham, Thali kodiyum Thoppul Kodiyum, Kalyaanathavam, Rishiyum Manushiyum, Kavidhayai Thinru Pasiyaari and Kadaisi Kadidham –—have been designed to move the audience.

    ‘‘We live in extremely dishonest times. The production strips away any security blanket that the audience is used to. These stories afford a platform for the actors and spectators to mingle in an honest interaction of emotions,’’ he shares. With over 15 actors on board, Venkataraman, whose favourite story is Penn Vaasanai, says he chose Priyadarshini, ‘‘for the dramatic conflict her stories offered.’’

    Keeping the written word untouched while shaping it into a visual frame was a challenge, agrees Venkataraman, who is working on adapting the writer’s Kama Samhita, a treatise on love, and Dasakumara-charitram. At a time when younger theatre groups prefer comedies and new age themes, Theatre Nisha takes the alternative path and its director says, ‘‘I am not a businessman. Our endeavour has always been to create an honest communion with the audiences.’’

    At Alliance Francaise, on October 4, 5 and 6, from 7 pm onwards. Tickets are priced at `150 and `100. Details: 9840098396

    —Mrinalini Sundar

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