Progress in the field of women’s empowerment, especially in rural India, has been slow paced. Despite consistent efforts, the results seem small and short-lived. RDT’s latest play –’Annadiga Aadapilla’ was to promote awareness and action against discrimination of women and girls in various aspects of life. The premiere of this play was shown on the night of 30th September2014 at Pullalarevu village in Rapthadu area.
A well-crafted, yet true-to-reality story of a girl, neglected by both parents who grows up without proper food and nutrition and then goes to school just to drop-out before completing secondary education. Her first pregnancy and delivery at the age of 16 becomes a nightmare for her. As days pass by, her husband, a drunkard, beats her every other night. And the sad story continues. The audience was then questioned about the status of women in the country. Fathers were questioned about whether this was the life they desired for their daughters.
While some women shed tears, their eyes spoke deeply about the concern and need to bring-in change for themselves. But the true victory of the act emerged when a couple walked up to the stage and expressed their discomfort with the current scenario and resolved on behalf of the village to make sure that no girl in the village will be forced into an early marriage, and be allowed to complete her education. In just a few days’ time, the village saw a body dedicated to work for the welfare of women.
After completion of the play, the Spanish visitors who watched the programme, met the director of Cultural Sector and expressed their appreciation about RDT’s ‘Theatre for Social Change’.
“Performing arts has a language of its own. It reaches masses and fills the heart with emotions that words fail in drawing forth.”
Mr. R. Nagaraj,
Sector Team Leader, Women’s Sector