Capturing hues of Paash’s poetry
Capturing hues of Pash’s poetry
The Roopak Kala and Welfare Society staged a Punjabi play ‘Mein Ghaa Haan’ at the Tagore Theatre today in association with the Chandigarh School of Drama. As solo theatrical performances are a rarity in the region, the elite city audience relished the captivating performance by acclaimed actor Ms Sangeeta Gupta. The play, based on the writings of revolutionary Punjabi poet Avtar Pash and scripted by noted actor Rana Ranbir, turned out to be peerless production under the directorial elegance of Dr Atamjit.A humanitarian and resolute reformer ‘Pash’ was a poet of conscience who fought for the rights of the credulous masses, articulating their pain in his poetry. Dr Atamjit had delved deep into the profound depth of the poetry of Pash for its vivid dramatisation. Moods varied from grief , nostalgia, dismay and revolt as the play progressed to see Sangeeta bringing alive the poet’s protest against anti-human forces, social evils, metaphysical dogmas and anti-human prejudices.
Sangeeta, with an immaculate dramatic narration and eloquent stage movements spelt magic keeping the audience glued to their seats. Her mastery over Punjabi dialect augmented the level of performance, structured in the pastoral ambience.
She demonstrated the courage and conviction of the legendary poet seeking resurrection of an ideal society and governance when terrorism had assumed threatening dimensions.
Sangeeta, the acclaimed actress of 15 TV serials, 35 plays and assistant director of four feature films, an alumnus of the department of Theatre and Television had staged this play 17 times seven years ago. “But today’s performance and appreciation was very satisfying, she said. The chiaroscuro effects by Jaspal Singh and soothing music by Vevel Sharma, Subhash and Deepak enhanced the level of production.
Earlier, Dr Sahib Singh while speaking about the achievements and sacrifices of Pash maintained that Pash and his poetry were immortal and no one knew his terrorist killers. Thespian Gursharan Singh and Parampal K. Sidhu, chief guests paid tributes to Pash and honored the artists.
( The Tribune of 23-08-2005 )