Riding on the success and popularity of three-day annual ‘Bhaskar Rao Sangeet Sammelans, of classical music. The Pracheen Kala Kendra launched their four-day ‘Drama Festival’ today which will be an annual feature.
“This in fact is a revival of our earlier ‘Natak’series which had to be discontinued long back. And as the new annual theatrical bonanza has been conceptualised and being executed under the expert guidance and care of the noted thespian Gursharan Singh, a significant profusion of social and national themes with aesthetic excellence is quite obvious in all the presentations,” said the Kendra Director M.L. Koser.
The die hard crusader of the theatre art, Gursharan Singh has successfully taken the theatre to the slums and the theatre festival opened on a positive note with the maiden performance by 40 poor slum children which added colour to the otherwise majestic start of the festival.
About 40 small child artists, groomed by artists of the Chandigarh School of Drama participated in a choreographic spell of three songs.
Young director Harish Verma skillfully designed the jail cell to facilitate the staging of a dramatic feature — Dehkade Angiarre — based on the poetic utterances of revolutionary poet ‘Pash. The play depicts the heartfelt pangs of Pash when he was subjected to inhuman torture on the pretext of interrogation for the emotions and thoughts enunciated in his poetry.
His deep rooted concern for the downtrodden and poor was, somehow , allergic to the hypocrite governance. The poetry of ‘Pash’ inspired the subjugated community with the revolutionary ideas and those holding allegiance to a particular school of ideology.
Mohinder Mohan Kohli as prisoner and Gurdeep Kaur as ‘Evil’ were impressive. Amanpreet Kaur, Bikram, Harpreet Indervir, Sukhwinder John Masiah, Gurpreet formed the cast. Gaurav Sharma and Jagjeet Saini provided music and chiaroscuro effects, respectively.
Weaved in the rustic ambience, Kamian da vehra, is a bold satire on the exploitation of the landless farmers by the affluent landlords. The main protagonist Sucha Singh decrying the ideology of his freedom fighter father opts for unethical means to grow rich. He runs an illegal distillery and indulges in all sorts of maligned practices. He exploits the poor and preys on them for his ambitions and faces a revolt from the society, including his father. The play has been structured to convey the message of honesty and harmonious living among the rich and the poor. Bikramjit, Amanpreet Kaur, Sukhwinder Ikhatar Sahota and Harish Verma portrayed various characters. The Shiromani Natakar Kewal Dhaliwal of Amritsar will present his classic play, Gaddi Charahan di Kaahal Badi Si tomorrow at the same time and venue. OC
(The Tribune dated 18.01.2005)