Tuning in to the celestial world from a community radio station
What happens when a community radio station has an appointment with outer space in a remote village in Haryana? A (bad) comic-poetic adventure unfolds! To the astonishment of the astronaut of Indian origin Kalpana Chawla , a peculiar cohort of rural radio jockeys takes control of the airwaves, as they embark on a whimsical journey to document the journey of the space shuttle Columbia to Earth's outer orbit. And all this happens on stage during an 80 minute performance. Say hello to the play directed by Yuki Ellias, Hi Farmaish , which will have its first show in Bangalore on November 7 as part of Ranga Shankara Theater Fest 2019.nIt is different from the usual moves aimed at women who have a more serious background. Hi Farmaish It is a science fiction comedy, fantastic and outrageous. In this work, a small group of women from a village follows their imagination to break social boundaries and reinvent the world they live in, says Yuki, who has also co-written the script in English and Hindi, with Sneh Sapru and Vidit Tripathi. respectively.
A presentation by Dur Se Brothers, the play features actors Abhishek Chauhan, Adithi Kalkunte, Priyanka Setia, Puja Sarup, Tanvi Lehr Sonigra, Vaishali Bisht, Jaymin Thakkar, Rahul Kumar Brar, Akshay Shimpi and Yuki.
A large amount of research has been conducted on the completion of the work, which was first carried out in 2018. Community radio plays a vital role in the empowerment of the rural population of India, particularly women. Whether it's gender issues, health problems or other aspects of basic amenities, these radio stations are an important source of inspiring stories for many. We had spent months in remote areas of Haryana, talking with rural RJ, in an effort to understand the nuances of their work and the difficulties they face, ”explains the director.
The design of the set and the light, made by Vivek Jadhav and Asmit Pathare respectively, are an integral part of the work. It also features original music by Pruthu Parab, while the song is composed by Mohammad Muneem Nazir. Preparing a set, which has elements of both a community radio station in Haryana and outer space, was difficult, summarizes Yuki, and adds that, apart from his own work, he is excited to see Savitri Medhatul's film. Sangeet Bari at the city theater festival.
Radio Wave Hijacking A news report that BBC Hindi and Akashwani labeled as dry data becomes a fascinating broadcast by self-proclaimed RJs in Hi Farmaish . His weekend radio show delves into the universe in a way never seen before. On their journey, they find themselves in unexplored skies. Callers daily wonder if buffalo can fly, while a farmer worries that the Black Hole has swallowed his precious donkey. As the RJs expand their minds, their show touches the villagers.