Marvels of Story telling at The Attic
A walk around the Regal Building of Connaught Place, New Delhi gets you admiring the architects behind its design. The Attic, tucked between Kwality Restaurant and The Shop was a discovery after few semi circles around the Regal Building. The evening appeared promising as the event by Story Suno had the perfect accompaniments to unwind on a Friday. On entry you are struck with the simplicity yet artistry of the place which offers the space enough for an intimate connect between artists and audience. Soft music played in the dimly lit space. Mind inevitably relaxes when left with not much choice but to wait for the performance. You are left groping in the dark in literal sense until a powerful baritone breaks the silence and announces the start of the program.
The first performance was a play Ek Aur Pankh, written by Satyendra Srivastava and directed by Rahul Daksh. It was a story about a young couple who is real embodiments of modern thinking but somewhere trapped within the conventional setup. The loud music, parties, multiple liaisons define their lives but goddess Morality haunts every now and then. It also spoke of the intricacies of psychological pressure which haunts every female. And explored the basic difference in approach by men and women towards a relationship and intimacy. The dialogue delivery rendered life to the play which had Aditya Aman and Swati Sapna in the leads. The play gives a wonderful insight into the turmoil of relationships which flourishes despite all turmoil.Another performance which I was really looking forward to was Story telling by Rahul Daksh from Priyanka Om's book Wo Ajeeb Ladki. The first story had an interesting title, Fairness Cream. The story explored the fantasy world of teenagers, their innocent crushes, strange cravings and associations. The story beautifully sketched the feelings suppressed owing to societal pressures. It beautifully brought about the delicate nature of adolescent world which isn't devoid of stress. Indian obsession with fairness is the central theme which however is falsified after revelations towards the end of the story.The last performance was a play titled, Sabz or Green Sandal based on short story by famed writer Manto. This was directed by Kajal Suri and enacted by Sonal Shunail and Rahul Daksh. This was a power packed performance as it spoke of the brilliance of the writer who drew inspiration from social climate, financial insecurities.
A couple fights, as the wife wanted to wear matching green sandals with green saree. She chides her husband, “So many times I asked you to find out from the shop if sandals are ready. But why would you? When did I mean a thing to you?”
The husband replies, "For heaven's sake! Now I see, all this bickering over the green sandals. But I already got them two days ago. You probably never opened it. You are always lazing around all day long."The simple issues sometime turn into heated argument but gets dispersed by a simple solution. The end drew a smile and I walked towards Sree Leathers in Regal Building to pick a green sandal to go with my green silk kurta.