Abiogenesis Theatre Group, a local theatre community from Nagaland, recently performed a ‘howey musical drama’ with the title ‘Putu and His Tiger Spirit’ at the GVITA National Theatre Festival in Gubbi, Karnataka. The drama was a new form of musical drama based on a folk-era fiction, written by playwright and director, Arenla Subong. The dialogues and songs of the drama were in English and sung with Naga folk tunes.
The organizers said that the unique and colourful Naga costume and culture, and the songs in Naga folk tunes made the drama a real treat for the local audience. The festival was organised by Dr Gubbi Veeranna Trust of Karnataka and sponsored by Sangeet Natak Akademi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The cast members included Arenla Subong as Jemti; Moa Subong as Putu; V Hotovi as Akato; Limatula Longkumer as Amakla; and Lipokmeren, who performed dual role as Sendong and tiger spirit.
The story of the drama revolves around Putu, a man possessed by a tiger spirit. He was saddened when he learned from his wife about the theft happening in their field. He swung into action along with his wife and confronted a woman (thief) and her boyfriend. The drama continues with the two couples confronting each other, time and again.