faith in the Gita were great. As he continued to study the Gita, he found new meanings and this brought about a change in his style of thinking and living.
The play was an attempt to show how the Gita weaned Bharathi from mundane things. If Arjuna was despondent before the war began, Bharathi was confused by the personal, social and political problems he faced.
Arjuna pleads to Krishna to accept him as a disciple and dispel his ignorance in the sloka `Kaarpanya doshopahatha swabhava:' Bharathi, implores Sakthi, to show him the right path in the song, `Mogaththai konruvidu allaal endran moochchai niruththi vidu'.
Bharathi's chance encounter with a yogi proves to be a turning point. He asks the yogi why he is carrying the bundle of garbage on his back, and gets the reply, "You are carrying the old garbage inside you." (Agaththe pazhankuppaiyai sumakkiraai nee). The veil lifts and he is able to see the Absolute in everything and sings `Kaakkai Chiraginile,' rising to the level of what the Gita describes as `Sarvathra samadarshana.'
Towards the end, the silhouette of Bharathi merges into that of Sri Krishna and the play is given a dramatic conclusion.
The selection and the recitation of the relevant slokas at the appropriate context are really commendable. A Tamil translation would have proved very helpful for those who could not follow Sanskrit. The compering was excellent. The children presented a good show with the able and supportive role of the teachers.
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