An IT employee by profession, Sanjana Annu was a part of The Hindu Theatre Festival 2017 Live evam team. In this blog she is talking about her experience at the three day festival.
Who said surprises come in small packages only. For me, it was a big fat event starting from 24th Aug to 26th August. Little did I know, how much was in store for me during those three days of my life when I first decided to be a part of this. It is rightly said that “From a tiny spark may burst a mighty flame”.
It all started when a friend of mine asked if I was interested to be a part of this. My response was quite impulsive. I did not even give a second thought about it considering all the stuff he had been telling about this fest as he was part of this from a very long time. I was more than excited. But as they said don’t settle for the spark but wait for the wild fire, I decided to keep calm because, it’s going to be LEGEND wait for it DARY!
There was no looking back after that. We had been called a day before the event starts to break the ice and get some insights about how the whole event is going to be. That evening was the perfect trailer for the entire event. Diversity was bolded and also italicized because each one present there had a creative uniqueness in them (which I rarely get to see) and you know what was the one common thing in all of them? Yes, the DURACELL battery wala energy. The moment you look at a person, you feel the same energy within you. Oh! Wait! Isnt this exactly what my Physics Professor explained ? Energy is always around you, it just transforms into different forms. On a second thought, I now started liking physics. My professor would be happy hearing it from me.
On the first day, we were called quite early to the venue as there were lot of work that had to be done and do our best that we can and finish everything on time. As soon as I reached the venue, I went around the entire building, entering into different doors, finding new pathways, peeping through all the windows just as I usually do at a new place to satisfy my curiosity. It makes me more connected to the place. As I entered the back stage, I was gaping at all the works that was done on the stage, probably it was the first time I was doing back stage work for a big act after my school days. Right from cleaning the stage, fixing the back drop, arranging the props, setting the mikes, getting the green room works done and many more of this. Trust me, one cannot differentiate who was actually leading the event and who were the volunteers, because each and everyone was working with total commitment.
And the best part, nobody would have been more happier than my mom when she got to know that I had lifted the water cans, moved out some heavy wood stuff and surprisingly did some stitching too for the props. All thanks to the event, now my mom wants me to attend such events regularly and do these activities at home too so that I would get over my laziness.
And now when all the work got completed, we all gathered and had a briefing by our Event Head about the roles and responsibilities during the show time. After the briefing, we had an evam huddle, where each one of us would hold each others hands, close our eyes and think about the best memories in our lives which would give us the positive energy to do our best. For me, it is synonymous to RED BULL. Yes,this doesn’t give you wings, but gives you the energy that can make you fly too.
After the huddle, we had a shout out to EVAM followed by a group picture and then we were all back to our positions waiting for the people to arrive. Those 2 hours of showtime was a different experience. I got to meet a lot of people, some haughty women as well (which is an experience of its own) and also helping them out with their seats, giving them a brief about the play and also getting an opportunity to talk about the work we were doing and strangely I was also appreciated for the smile I had during the entire show. I was happy because at least somebody did not consider me a mad man (which happens always) for smiling all the time.
There were many such wow moments during the entire event which would be very close to my heart. An old lady gave me more insights about theatre and also blessed me just for getting her a chair to sit. The old watchman told many strange stories about the venue and also smiled at me every time I crossed him. I guess even my manager at work wouldn’t have been so happy to see me everyday. Last but not the least the Mallu power. Not one or two but we had five Mallus (malayalis) which was an added reason for my excitement.
I cannot end this without describing the Plays that we saw. “Black with equal” was like a complete buffet meal, it had it all. “Barf” was one of its kind with an emotional touch. This was something to which I got more connected to, especially for the message that it gave on belief over powering the truth. “Khwaab sa” gave me a trance feeling with their mind numbing performance. I was awestruck with the perfection aimed and the precision with which each and every act was carried out in all the plays. Probably my words wouldn’t do justice to the feeling that it gave.
On the whole, I can say it was nothing short of a roller coaster ride in the land of dreams. It wouldn’t have been possible without each and every person in the team. Starting from Nihar to introducing me to this, Aditya for making me a part of this and Vasanth, Thoorika and Pavithra for being the best energy filled leads and the entire team for giving me such a memorable experience.
You all are an extended family now!
Now I know why they call it a Fest or rather a Festival, something which we look forward to every year, to meet, have fun and create a lot more memories. Looking forward for more such meets and definitely the 2018 fest!
Signing off, all I can say is embrace the unknown and you will see life surprising you everyday!