Tagore’s ‘Chitra’ highlights woman’s valour, angelic charm

A scene of Rabindra Nath Tagore's play ‘Chitra’.
A scene of Rabindra Nath Tagore's play ‘Chitra’.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 1: In her another successful endeavour with performing art as an actor and director, Neha Lahotra, senior stage and commercial artist of the state presented a thrilling and fascinating rendition of Chitra-a powerful play of Rabindra Nath Tagore.
Produced by Yamini Cultural Society for Annual Drama Festival of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages , Chitra-a chapter picked up from Pandvas exile is a one-year love story of Arjuna with her which gives birth to a parallel legacy of Pandavas.
The source of the play is Mahabharata. Princess Chitrangda, King Chitravahana’s heir, who has been raised like a son seeks help from gods Madana and Vasanta to make her attractive for a single day as she has lost her heart to Arjuna. The gods are more than generous and endow her with great beauty and charm for a year. The awestruck Arjuna falls in love and breaks his 12-year old celibacy vow.
Neha Lahotra captured the audience’s imagination into the epical period in Manipur’s village through her histrionics and acting prowess that left them spell bound.
Her voice and body modulation as warrior and angelic Chitra drew a strong parallel line of depiction of valour. Raghav Vohra’s athletic lithe body with stately movements, very well suited the role of Arjuna.
Rajveer and Munish as Gods Madna and Vasant created an aura of sublime interpretation to both Chitra and Arjun while Mukesh, Neeraj, Bhageshwar, Sushma and Puneet ably supported as villagers.
The aesthetically decorated sets and appropriate costumes by Shalini Sharma, creative Make-up by Seema Bhardwaj produced a telling ambience which perfectly matched to the periodic play.
Music was handled by Vikran Mehta while conceptual designing and creative lights were done by Siddharth.