Bhutalli- Mother Earth

Bhuthalli – (Earth Mother) a play in Street Theatre Format, captures the relationship of adivasis, dalits, shepherds and peasants with Mother Earth, interrogates the forces that are systematically dispossessing people from their land, livelihoods and resources, and celebrates the diversity of people’s resistance. The play is performed by actors from adivasi, dalit , shepherd and peasant communities.

Bhutalli was first performed at Sompeta, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, on March 8th 2013, in solidarity with the peoples struggle against a Thermal Power Project. It has been performed across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh between 2013 and 2015. This video captures the performance at the Food Sovereignty Summit-2013, Pellipadugu,  East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh.

The play continues to be as relevant today as it was in 2013, in view of the relentless attempts by the State to takeover people’s land in the name of dams, reservoirs, sanctuaries, plantations, forestry programs and other so called projects for public purpose. We stand in solidarity with people who continue to struggle and defend their rights to their land and resources. 

55 minutes. Telugu with English sub-titles . Please ensure that the CC/subtitle option is turned on to view subtitles (CC on the lower right part of your screen will be underlined in red when CC/subtitles are on) 

Directed by: Madhoo 

Madhoo– street-theatre playwright, works with adivasi people’s movements, part time agro-ecological farmer, on-time tea drinker, life-long learner and other significant things. He is also a member of the Food Sovereignty Alliance, India.