Dogri play ‘Bawa Jitto’ mesmerizes thousands at Jhiri Mela

A scene of play ‘Bawa Jitto’ staged at Jhiri Mela in Jammu.
A scene of play ‘Bawa Jitto’ staged at Jhiri Mela in Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 5: Jhiri Mela-2017 enlivened with the presentation of globally acclaimed Dogri play ‘Bawa Jitto’ which mesmerized thousands of the audiences here at the main stage of Jhiri Mela-2017 consecutively for the second evening.
A presentation of Natrang Jammu, the play is written by late Prof. Ram Nath Shastri and is innovatively devised, designed and creatively directed by Padamshree Balwant Thakur.
This mind-blowing presentation of Natrang magically transported along the thousands of the devotees and the pilgrims to a six hundred year old saga of supreme sacrifice of a farmer who gave his life in fight of justice and exploitation by the landlords. The most noteworthy feature of the presentation was that it made the audience to relive 15th century tale exactly at the same place where it happened over 600 years ago.
Welcoming the mammoth gathering at the main stage of  Jhiri Mela, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that if such events are made a permanent feature, they will not only revive cultural and community life of the area but will also become the ultimate world cultural destination.
The most outstanding feature of the play was the performance by versatile actors on stage. The role of Bawa Jitto was played by Neeraj Kant who kept everyone spellbound through his electrifying performance. Versatile Anil Tickoo as Malli left the lasting impact on the audiences through his highly mind-blowing performance. Popular child artist Vrinda Gujral of ‘Sabse Bada Kalakaar’ fame won appreciation of all in the role of Bua Gauri. They were supported by senior actors like Suresh Kumar as Mehta Beer Singh, Dimple Sharma as Sarpanch and Ghaghi, Dewankshi Sabikhi as Jojan, Vrinda Sharma as Jeuni, Subash Jamwal as Raja, Mahikshit Singh as Isso and Mohd. Yaseen as Rullo with full perfection.
Others who gave vibrant performances included Sanchita Dubey, Gautam Kumar, Mohit Kaul, Shivam Singh, Mihir Gujral, Brijesh Avtar Sharma, Deepali Sharma, Meenakshi Bhagat, Aadesh Dhar, Bhisham Gupta, Vishal Raina, Sandeep Kumar, Aakash Bhat and Raheel Sharma. The traditional narrative singers Girdhari Lal and Harbans Lal who are working with Natrang since 1986 are the real heros of the play where they receive special appreciation. The lights were designed and executed by Ankush Lakhnotra and Rahul Singh and sound was professionally audio graphed by Tilak Raj.