“Bitches of Lanka”

By: Dawn SRV

Jan 13 2014

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Category: Music and Art

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Ramayana is the basic cultural root for South East Asian countries. This epic story has been produced into many art forms, from literature, music, mask dance, shadow puppets to mural painting. The story seems to be in many parts of our lives.

I think it’s not easy to present the story in other way. But for a play-writer, there always are more ways to present the story. A few years ago, Dr. Parida Manomaipibul wrote new dialogues for female characters in Ramayana, naming it “Bitches of Lanka”. Her play was based on a question of choosing to do the right thing according to moral principle or choosing the right thing to be with the winner. It led to the question and meaning of moral and ethic of being a woman reproduced by the present Thai melodrama.

In the new episode staged in January 2014, play-writer tries to point out that the effort of proving one’s right can only be a discourse. In Lanka, on the last night before its king – Ravana going out to the battle, the female characters in the play knew well that he would be defeated on the morrow. What would these different high ranked lady courtiers do? It is obvious that each tries to stabilize her volatile position for survival. However, a touch of feminism is still in the dialogue. Same as the previous three episodes, Parida has made it a play within a play again.

Over all, it is enjoyable.

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