Press Esc to close
Tuesday 03 March 2015
News updated at 6:09 PM IST
Weather
Max: 31.7°C
Min : 16.9°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

Special illusions of reality

Nov 30, 2012, DHNS

Mesmerising Depictions

high tech An illustration of a serpent depicted during the play.

As a part of the ‘Oz Fest’, ‘Saltbush - Children’s Cheering Carpet’ was staged at the Ranga Shankara recently. The play included the recreation of landscapes, the sky and the sea on a touch-sensitive floor as well as infrared imaging technology, which enthralled the audience.

The play narrated the story of two friends, from different aboriginal backgrounds, who journeyed across Australia’s diverse landscapes.

The entire play was filled with dance, music and song. The touch-sensitive floor truly enhanced the quality of the play by giving every season — whether winter or summer — a truly real feel. The audience was amazed to see the special effects around them.

The play beautifully portrayed rural Australia. The aboriginals’ reverence for nature, in particular, was admirably depicted. Scenes such as bathing and playing in the river seemed exceptionally natural. The background music and the timing of the dialogues complemented the play.

The section of the audience that had the maximum fun was the children. It was evident that the play was specially meant for them.

Throughout the play, the children were invited to come on the floor. There was one particular scene that really scared them — on the touch-sensitive floor, the set up was that of a city filled with traffic. Children had to cross the busy road to reach the other end.
An appearance of a car in the middle of the road — while they were still crossing — terrified them and they screamed at the top of their voices. At a later stage, an illusion of crabs was created on the floor. The children instantly ran away. Overall, it was a thrilling experience for them.

Anusha, a seven-year-old who came for the play, says, “I loved the play. It was amazing. I could dance, I could run and do so many things. Everything seemed so real. I wish more such plays happen in the City.”

Through such interactive tales, the history of Australia was narrated to the children.
Rohini, a parent and a member of the audience, says, “What I really liked about the play is the ample importance given to interaction with the children.”

She adds, “The kids had so much fun — and apart from that, it is an interesting way to tell the history of a nation. After watching this play, we have learnt about the rich culture and green forests that were prevalent in Australia a long ago. The entire transformation of a forest to a city, its traffic and the change in lifestyles — everything was shown in the play. I think such interactive sessions should also become a part of storytelling techniques in schools.”


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Cambodian artists presenting dance-drama at the International Ramayana Mela...

Cambodian artists presenting dance-drama at the International Ramayana Mela...

Cyclist at the Rajpath as the national capital received early morning showers in New Delhi...

Cyclist at the Rajpath as the national capital received early morning showers in New Delhi...

A waterlogged street after the early morning showers in the national capital...

A waterlogged street after the early morning showers in the national capital...

A train moves through snow covered railway track as the region received heavy snowfall in Anantnag..

A train moves through snow covered railway track as the region received heavy snowfall in Anantnag..

Artists dressed up as Hindu deities Lord Krishna and Radha play Holi...

Artists dressed up as Hindu deities Lord Krishna and Radha play Holi...

People throw coloured powder as they celebrate Lathmar Holi at Nandgaon...

People throw coloured powder as they celebrate Lathmar Holi at Nandgaon...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Syeed..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Syeed..

Sangakkara and Thirimanne celebrate beating England in their Cricket World Cup match...

Sangakkara and Thirimanne celebrate beating England in their Cricket World Cup match...

Sangakkara congratulates team mate Perera who celebrates talking the wicket of England's Morgan...

Sangakkara congratulates team mate Perera who celebrates talking the wicket of England's Morgan...

Pakistan players celebrate with wicket of Zimbabwe's Chamunorwa Chibhabha during ...

Pakistan players celebrate with wicket of Zimbabwe's Chamunorwa Chibhabha during ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523