Saturday, March 6, 2021

Spicy family drama

Reading Time: 2 minutesA talented young group of actors bring alive family dilemmas in an intercultural community

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Sondha Bandham in Tamil literally translates as family bonds. Paradoxically however, these bonds are associated with family struggles of a diverse kind before harmony is attained.

Sydney Nadagapriya is a young bunch of drama enthusiasts who have come together to entertain as well as create social awareness within the audience. They have scripted a play that focuses on parental dilemmas involving youth in a multi-dimensional world.  Seeking partnerships in marriage are fraught with compatibility issues, more so in intercontinental relationships that have become commonplace in today’s world of internet and dating websites.

The chief architect of Sondha Bandham is NK Srinivasan who has given his audience a ‘reality check’ by portraying the conflict between the traditional approach and the attitudes of Gen Y.  Add a marriage broker and a couple of old world mums and dads to this plot and it becomes as spicy a tale as any other. The dialogues are crisp and laced with humour that enables the audience to relate well to the situations. The cast of actors have done credit to their director and have worked sincerely to spin a yarn that is interesting and keeps everyone glued to their seats.

Rashee Inc., who are co-sponsors for Sondha Bandham is a non-profit organization. Its objective is to develop fundraising activities for deserving charities and other entities that seek to serve underprivileged sections of society.  The proceeds of the evening, funds and donations would go towards supporting Unnati, a Bangalore based organisation that provides vocational training and guidance to underprivileged youth, and have been successful with 100 % job placements for their graduates. Unnati has already transformed many lives with their endeavours.  They make a significant contribution to the fabric of emerging India. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan which has undertaken several multicultural projects has also supported this event to help meet the increasing demand of the community.


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Malli Iyer
Malli has over 25 years experience in creative writing and has been a contributor to Indian Link for over 10 years. He is also an accredited cricket umpire for Cricket Australia.

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