Many times there were incidents where the play was withdrawn and the children were disappointed. There was even an incident in Alappuzha where children cried and protested near the venue of the state arts festival. The play Boundary was performed in the state arts festival held in Kozhikode in the presence of around 500 policemen. Rafiq Mangalassery says that it is difficult to conduct an art program for children under such stressful conditions.
Rafiq Mangalassery said in a post on Facebook about his decision that he is ‘retiring with pain’. The first play was done in 1998. Has been doing plays for almost a quarter of a century. Won prizes in state school arts festival.
Rafiq Mangalassery’s Facebook post
Retreating with pain ……!
I think it was 1998 when I did a school play for the first time…!
For almost a quarter of a century school plays were done …. !
During this period
Many plays won prizes including in the State School Arts Festival….!
There were rare moments when the entire audience stood up and clapped after watching many plays….!
Dramas #Rabiya #Kitab #Boundary led to huge controversies due to opposition by religious fundamentalists….!
In that Rabia could not even play at the sub-district level….!
Kitab won the first prize at the district level but could not play in the state school arts festival!
The image of those children standing in tears on the stage of the state school drama in Alappuzha, unable to perform plays, remains a memory even today.
Boundaryawate while playing in the state school arts festival,
About 200 policemen were in Mufti…..!
Even in uniform…!!
A rope was tied around the stage to prevent people from climbing, and the play was played under police guard.
How can children enjoy playing drama in such a situation?!
This is an example of how our society has narrowed down to religions, castes and narrow patriotism…..!
There is no other option but to retreat!!