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Pyramid- A Skit on Housework by Prof. Vibhuti Patel

Pyramid- A Skit on Housework by Prof. Vibhuti Patel

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Published by Vibhuti Patel
The words of the first scene of the dance-drama are
based on Amrita Pritams “From the darkness of
womb to the peace / silence of the grave.”
(2) The music of the songs are based on the Gujarati
Bhavai style.
(3) in the Scene 7 a pyramid is formed with women at
the base, men in the center and one person, the capi-
talist on the top.
(4) This play was written on the occasion of Women’s Day
1982 under the auspices of a women’s organization in
Bombay “Jagruti Kala Pathak”. It was staged later
on at different places.
The words of the first scene of the dance-drama are
based on Amrita Pritams “From the darkness of
womb to the peace / silence of the grave.”
(2) The music of the songs are based on the Gujarati
Bhavai style.
(3) in the Scene 7 a pyramid is formed with women at
the base, men in the center and one person, the capi-
talist on the top.
(4) This play was written on the occasion of Women’s Day
1982 under the auspices of a women’s organization in
Bombay “Jagruti Kala Pathak”. It was staged later
on at different places.

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PYRAMIDScene 1
HousewifeThe housewife (2)If the woman’s husband is askedWhat does his wife doThe answer is“My wife does not work.”ThenWho bears this world in her womb?Who gives birth to the farmers, the workers?Who cooks, washes, cleans and fills water?Looks after the child and the sick?Whose labour gives men leisure for liquor, tobacco and card session?Whose labour gives men their strength to go to work?Who labours without being noticed?Mutely working, without being paid,Without being appreciated ever------ 
Scene 2
The food is less. Who will go hungry?Women of the house (3)Too many guests. Who will sacrifice?Woman of the house (3)The meal is not liked. There are leftovers,Who will eat them?The children’s mother (3)For the welfare of the family, who fasts?Woman of the house (3)Result :More weakness.Less nutrition. 
Scene 3
Someone’s sick. Someone’s illMore work for the woman stillBut, if she is ill...Oh dear! Oh dear! No one can replace her  No once can take over Result
 
 No rest for her, ever ….Oh never! 
Scene 4
If she goes out to work Housework is still her work One job……..under-paidthe other…….un paid
Scene 5
 Male labourer: I have to work !I have to slog !Farm labourer : To earn, I have to work !To sustain, I have to slog !Factory worker :Who are we ? Slaves of the machineWe turn into bold, our sweatAnd two meals a day we getOur bones break Illness our bodies rack The capitalist – demon does exploit usSlaves are we at work Rulers however are we at home ! 
Scene 6
Men If disappointed somewhereIf not successful elsewhereA firing at work will him angry makeOn his wife however will his temper break Then there are slapsthere are abuses
 
Beating there areboth verbal and rapsYet she excuses makesDaughter of woman who burned at stakesSays she of him“Poor man, battered by fate”So much burden bears my mateBut she if disappointed, fed-up, tiredwill make herself a target or her children are fired (2) 
Scene 7
With woman-power the yoke of housework mountsAnd his advantages the capitalist counts (3)Everyday….no rest, no leave, no overtime, no bonus,no allowance, no medicines, no retirement,no remuneration….Everyday….She works onThe capitalist does as he pleasesHis profit everyday no doubt increases! 
Scene 8
Women : We have thrown awaythe shakles of the houseChains and age-old grouseTo end woman’s exploitationTo finish women’s degradationTo stop husbands violence (2)We have come !Dowry, rape, injusticeClass-differentiationwe will end !Men & Women : From mill, dock, shedInspite of police dread (2)It has been doneWe have broken awayWe have come !From fields, from factoriesFrom villages, from citiesTogether we have come

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