Hinsa Ke Viruddh- DharamYuddh at Bharat Rang Mahotsav
It’s the 19th year of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the theatre festival being celebrated at National School of Drama, Bhagwan Das Road, Mandi House, New Delhi. The atmosphere is full of energy, jubilation and cheer. The colourful flags adorning every possible space and the trees with colourful bottles hanging on its branches proclaim spring. They brighten, liven and heighten your spirits.
All the world is a stage ......Some of us just have better seats!
These profound lines on the brochure handed over at the entrance serve as a reminder to view things more clearly and grab the seats. The myriad dramatic hues on offer are folk, mythology, classical, history and contemporary thinking. The festival which started on 1st February will be going on till 19th February promising a lavish dose of creativity, ideas and philosophies.
The open lawns are the stage for some wonderful performances by Delhi University college teams. The play titled, Hinsa ke Viruddh- DharmYuddh, was performed by students of Daulat Ram College. It showcased issues like suicide, violence, pain of partition, homicide, rape and more. Inferences were drawn from Mahabharata and the ugly mindset was mocked upon. The helplessness of Draupadi was somewhat similar to helplessness of a rape victim. Anger, hatred, jealousy, lust, greed have prevailed since ages but they ultimately lead to downfall. Violence never has been a solution rather it aggravates the situation. The serious issues had sprinkling of humour too, when an old grandmother with stooped shoulders sings, Banno Tera sweater lage sexy, she was corrected by her grandchild that it's swagger not sweater. The energy, passion of these young performers had the audience applauding every now and then. The drummers and other instrument accompanists matched equally with the vitality of other artists. What really touched me was the real soul of India in this play; somehow this largely goes missing these days in most creative expressions. The use of vernacular vocabulary highlighted how India's identity in modern times is still drawn from the indigenous roots.Another performance titled Khilwaad was performed by Keshav Mahavidyalay. Khilwaad means child's play which nowadays lies forgotten and erstwhile. It very deftly spoke about the ghosts like doping, fund frauds, politics, malnourishment, lack of opportunities in the sports field. Its praise worthy on how playfully these artists portray the challenges. Reminded me of a story which I read on a digital platform Youth Ki Awaaz about Buli Basumataray , an Assamese national level archer. An archer with several gold, silver medals to her credit now works as a street vendor. This speaks of the grim situation and the challenges these sportsmen face. The combination of music, singing and powerful dialogue delivery made it a complete powerful package. The thundering of claps reached the sky, the brilliance of sun shined above, the colourful kiosks , the joyous ambience prevailed throughout. The Theatre lovers were enjoying and relaxing on the vast green spread. Every nook and corner of National School of Drama was alive and telling tales.