The Water Cycle
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"The structural base of the play is a day-long journey and the way the curious man looks at the water of the river, which is so clear that he can view his own shadow. Soon, it is a full moon night and the man can see the water changing its colour," explains Bhide.
This is where he introduces dance sequences through which he portrays different shades of water. For instance, there is a dance piece which shows how the early man invented mud pots so that he could store water.
While Sagar Dhumal essays the role of a boatman, Shrinivas Joshi plays the protagonist. The music of the play has been given by Pradyumna Chavare.
Bhide emphasises that the play deliberately travels back and forth between intense and light moods. At the end of the play, the man travelling on the river observes that the fish in the water are dying and the water has become so dirty that he can't view his shadow. He also realises that he cannot breathe due to filth. At this moment, the protagonist wakes up and learns that it was just a dream.
"Everyone knows how important water is for life and I didn't want to tell the same story again. So every time the play gets serious, there is a dance or miming sequence which is very much on the lines of the play but gives the message to the audience in a subtle way," adds Bhide, whose play The Last Colour was showcased at the prestigious Ordu International Theatre Festival in Turkey.