Theatre new engagement for Vidarbha folks

In rural Vidharbha, theatre is thriving probably because of a play that has struck chord with agriculturists here. Called Atma Hatya, the play has drawn daily audiences in excess of 5,000. "We have farmers, tailors, painters and vendors in our plays,' says Ghulam Sufi of the Venkatesh natya mandali that is staging Atma Hatya. "That's one reason why it resonates so much with ordinary people.'

A striking feature of the play is the absence of sponsors. No boards announcing the generosity of kind corporate patrons. Called Jhadi patti rang bhoomi