Paash -choreography

Comment on woman’s predicament
S.D. Sharma

THE predicament of a woman and her fight for parity with the role by religious fanaticism and the feudal attitude landlord were brought alive by artistes of the Chandigarh School of Drama through three Punjabi plays directed by grand thespian Gursharan Singh at the Tagore theatre today.

The presentation was part of the twelfth cultural programme ‘Moh Maalve da-2005’ organised by the Maalva Cultural and Social Welfare society.

The opening presentation was a tribute to the woman. But the woman is still Bereft of ‘respect’ in our socio-cultural environment, rues the playwright in the well-enacted four sequences of ‘Ehasaas’ in the Nukkad natak style. Stuffed with verbal skirmishes, the play exhorts the woman to realise her potential and stand up to the dictates if male chauvinism.

Weaved in pastoral ambience, ‘Panj Kalyanai’, a dramatic adaptation of a story by Jagroop Singh Roop, depicts the menace of moneylenders in the rural areas. Awakened by the village schoolteacher, Nathu the villagers pick up courage to fight the system.

Yet another curse ailing the society rampant corruption and exploitation of the poor farm worker has been illustrated in ‘ Kamian da Vehda’.

The choreography by artistes on the vibrant poetry of ‘Paash’ created a spell.

Kamaljit Kaur, Shikhadeep, Parminder, Bikramjit, Iqattar Sahota, Harpreet Judge, Sukhwinder and asha Saklani an alumnus of Indian Theatre, PU, formed the cast. The society honoured the Pandit Ramnik Sharma lit the traditional lamp. Mr Kiranbir Singh Kang was the chief guest.

The Tribune dated 04-08-2005

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