Every poet lives in a world of his own. You have to understand that world before you can feel anything for the poet or for his poetry. Dark Horse is a play which makes that attempt.
“Just Fest 2017” was a celebration of 10 years of JustUs Repertory, last week, at the Alliance Francaise of Madras. At the festival playwrights Na Muthuswamy and Indira Parthasarathy were felicitated with cartoon drawings.
Dark Horse, staged at the festival, was written by Gowri Ramnarayan as a tribute to the Marathi poet Arun Kolatkar. The play presents the perspective of a Tamil journalist who is lost in memories of the poet when she gets the news of his death. Arun Kolatkar’s poems find their place in the play as songs, and through dance movements. Yohan Chacko as Kolatkar and Akhila Ramnarayan as the journalist excelled in depicting the emotions of those who live in the world of poesy. Charles’ lighting transformed the play into a lyrical experience. The play shed new light on the unusual world of Arun Kolatkar’s verses.
N Gowri, The Hindu (Tamil) 2 July 2017