Judges at Sahitya Kala Academy‚Äôs “Mahavidhyalaya Theatre Festival” were so shocked by the ‚Äòobscene language‚Äô used in a play performed by Kamala Nehru College‚Äôs theatre society,Lakshya, that they couldn‚Äôt even bring themselves to say the words used in the play as they informed the drama group of its disqualification from the competition.
Monami Basu in her¬†Facebook post¬†says¬†‚ÄúSo traumatized were the organizers by the words that they choked on them and could not bring themselves to spell out those ‚Äúappalling‚Äù ‚Äúdisgusting‚Äù words while telling us the reason for disqualification. When the students asked them, they ran away from them.‚Äù
‚ÄúIsne meri bra utha ke unki balcony mein phenk di and uspe shayari bhi likh di‚Äù is the line in objection from a play named ‚ÄòShahira Ke Naam‚Äô which has created an uproar.The play,focuses on the lives of six girls living in a hostel has a scene during which the characters discuss the need to label their undergarments to prevent them from getting mixed up with others‚Äô. But the use of ‚Äòbra‚Äô and ‚Äòpanty‚Äô was so offensive to the festival‚Äôs organisers and judges that they apparently told group it was disqualified for it‚Äôs use of these ‚Äúcuss words‚Äù.
Radhika Dhawan,Lakshya‚Äôs president told Hindustan Times, ‚ÄúWe thought the judges may have had a problem with the few cuss words in our play. But the anchor of the competition told us that we should have been more careful as using words like these is okay in a girls‚Äô college but not elsewhere‚Äù.
She added, ‚ÄúOne of the judge said to us: ‚Äòran**, ha**mi, bolne mein koi dikkat nahi hai, you think about what else you‚Äôve said‚Äô. Why the shame in using these words (bra/panty) when they‚Äôre just undergarments?‚Äù
The competition‚Äôs organisers have refuted the claims of disqualification.Neha Sharma,the competition‚Äôs coordinator told Hindustan Times,¬†‚ÄúThe society has not been disqualified, they will only lose marks because they‚Äôve broken the rules about obscenity. Not just words like bra and panty,they‚Äôve used several other cuss words, too‚Äù. She added that other groups would also be penalised for cussing.
‚ÄúWe just have to pretend disgusting things like consensual sex, women‚Äôs undergarments, mensuration, sexual desire don‚Äôt exist. However we can continue mentally stripping a woman down to her undergarments and dehumanise and objectify women at will, that is all kosher, we can lace every sentence of our everyday speak with sexually violent content, yet we cannot show the everyday life of a woman and talk about her BRA PANTY on stage.‚Äù – One of the extracts of Monami Basu’s Facebook post.