A Sticky Affair

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Director Jeetrai Hansda, 36, has one aim with his theatre to tell the story of "his" people, the tribals of Jharkhand. Fevicol, his diploma production for the National School of Drama (NSD), has been nominated in seven categories at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards 2013 (META), including for Best Play and Best Director. The Jamshedpur-based director talks about the play and its real-life inspirations.

The name 'Fevicol'

When a child is born in our community, his or her umbilical cord is cut with an arrow and buried in the aangan of the house. This symbolises an unbroken, lifelong bond between the child and the soil. Our identity is linked to jal, jangal and jameen.

Colour of Money

I was young when the first factories came up near our village. It was said that a member of every family on whose land the factories had been set up would be given a job. But when the time came, there were no jobs because the men were not technically qualified. But the damage had been done. With the coming of big money industry, our socio-economic and cultural structures began to weaken. Today, there is a 27 per cent adivasi population in Jharkhand and we're struggling to retain our ancient way of living.

A story close to his heart

When I was studying at NSD, we were asked to create a play with a subject closest to our hearts. My story is about a man who enters a house and slowly takes over the lives of the people who live there. He wants to set up an industry and there's nothing he isn't willing to do.

Dance forms

Two dance forms play important roles in the play the singreyi and the langrey. The former is a sensual dance form that deals with both the sexual relationship between a man and woman as well as social mores, especially how to behave with elders. Langrey is performed when people are tired after their day's work and want a release.

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