Press Esc to close
Tuesday 03 May 2016
News updated at 11:41 PM IST
Weather
Max: 36.6°C
Min : 24.7°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

An impactful narration of the past

DHNS, Feb 4, 2013

Moving Performance

Passionate: Martin Figura reciting the poem.

Martin Figura, a poet, recently staged a performance of one of his works — ‘The Whistle’ — at the National Gallery of Modern Arts. And as he did so, it was obvious that many of the members of the audience were getting emotional. 

This was an hour-long multimedia depiction of his post-war British childhood, interspersed with poetic verses, describing how his father killed his mother. It was both sensitive and impactful.To add depth to the performance, Martin incorporated some old photographs of his parents and letters written by his mother to his father into it.

The poem is woven around small anecdotes from his childhood. It begins with an introduction to his father, who was from Poland and was forced to join the German army. Soon after the war ended, he shifted to Liverpool — and that is when he met the poet’s mother. .Laced with humour and sarcasm in the first half, the poem gives the impressions of a happy family. This myth, however, is busted in the second half of the recital.

As the performance progressed, the poet described a trip to Poland with his father, who wanted to go back to his homeland in search of his identity. After he returned, he meets one of his colleagues who knew of his past and his stint with the German army. His father retreats into a shell — and that is when the differences between his parents start growing, until the tragic day that he kills his wife.

The poet is then taken away to St Helen by his maternal uncle and the narration becomes aggressive and dark, showcasing the trouble he faced in his childhood. The recital grows on the listener solely because of the strong, yet simple narrative. 

In fact, the audience members could be seen listening carefully and occasionally, wiping a tear.

Ahana, who was moved to tears by the performance, says that it was a very impactful recital. “It’s like a story in which he has incorporated so many of his childhood memories. The presentation of this entire package is commendable,” she says.

Srinivas Balaji, a literature student, adds that the concept of using pictorial presentations with poetry was unique and impressive. “The pictures were as fascinating as the recital. I feel that many were able to relate to the poem, as it was based on an original story,” he adds.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Pranab Mukherjee shows a silver statue of Sai Baba gifted to him by veteran actor Manoj Kumar...

Pranab Mukherjee shows a silver statue of Sai Baba gifted to him by veteran actor Manoj Kumar...

Policemen arrest TET aspirants for protesting against UP government for their recruitment...

Policemen arrest TET aspirants for protesting against UP government for their recruitment...

A truck loaded with LPG cylinders overturns after the driver lost his control at Ambari area...

A truck loaded with LPG cylinders overturns after the driver lost his control at Ambari area...

A girl arrives to collect water from an almost dried pond at a village near Allahabad...

A girl arrives to collect water from an almost dried pond at a village near Allahabad...

Indian coast guard personnel participate in a mock drill during the National Maritime Search...

Indian coast guard personnel participate in a mock drill during the National Maritime Search...

A hen along with its featherless chicks in Dimapur, Nagaland on Tuesday...

A hen along with its featherless chicks in Dimapur, Nagaland on Tuesday...

Firefighters trying to extinguish a fire at Simhastha Mahakumbh in Ujjain...

Firefighters trying to extinguish a fire at Simhastha Mahakumbh in Ujjain...

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez with Siddharth Malhotra during a launch event...

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez with Siddharth Malhotra during a launch event...

Winner of Best Actor award Amitabh Bachchan and Best Actress award Kangna Ranaut...

Winner of Best Actor award Amitabh Bachchan and Best Actress award Kangna Ranaut...

Flames trail Danica Patrick's car after she crashed into Matt Kenseth...

Flames trail Danica Patrick's car after she crashed into Matt Kenseth...