9 November,2014:Â Written by Ayush Niroula and directed by Suman Rayamajhi, â€œTaapuâ€ is a play produced by Pathshala Theatre and is currently running at Shilpee Theatre. Presented as a distant, fairytale island, Taapu also carries many a mystery in its belly. And among them is the power endowed to the inhabitants of the island,using which they can travel to the â€˜Land of Dreamsâ€™.
The drama, though, begins in the afterworld, in the Department of Moral Stories and Morality Research, which summons the spirit of a dead poet to remember his life and write a story based on it. Why? Weâ€™re told that the department has lost its record of the poetâ€™s past life due to some technical error, and now â€˜Sheâ€™ (the Department is referred to as a female) wants to rewrite the poetâ€™s story by making him narrate the whole thing.
But the poet, being a repository of stories, narrates the story of Phedwa, one of the inhabitants of Taapu, whose upbringing as a child and the years that followed are similar to the poetâ€™s ownâ€”both the poet and Phedwa have had a lonely childhood without parents which they spent with a bunch of friends.
Anup Sharma, who dons the role of a clerk at the Department, does a superb job quizzing the dead poet and delivering lengthy questions with much flair and clarity.
Further, Sharma is never offÂ stage throughout the play. Even when he is not centrestage, he is there in the corner, playing his musical scores which add the much-needed liveliness to the play which is full of moral, psychological and spiritual issues.
Similarly, Kamal Pyasi Devkota, as Phedwa, seems well-placed in the role of an imbecile who loves to hang around with the other inhabitants of Taapu, who, in this case, areÂ the students from SOS Jorpati School.
However, the story takes a turn after a disagreement arises between Phedwa and his friends. While Phedwa doesnâ€™t want to go to the â€˜Land of Dreamsâ€™ the kids are all in for the trip.Â Â Â Whatâ€™s in store for the kids in this mysterious land? No one knows. But after all the children are gone, itâ€™s only Phedwa that remains in Taapu.
Taapu will run till Monday. Shows start at 12 pm and 5pm respectively.