JAMMU, Feb 11: Based on peace, unity and togetherness that finally triumphs over destruction and violence “Wakhtak Partav’’ an opera was presented by Sownzal Foundation in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at Abhinav Theatre here.
The theme of the opera was based on an old Kashmiri saying that “ Wandeh Chali Sheen Galeh Bayi Yehi Bahaar’’ meaning winter will fade away, snow will melt and spring will again come.
Minister of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Basharat Ahmed Bukhari was the chief guest during the function and MLC Saif-u-Din Bhat was the guest of honour.
The opera kept audience spell bound with its soulful music composed by Kuldeep Saproo and directed by Vijay Dhar. The characters Chillai Kalan, Chill Bacheh, Bahar, Kukil, Katij, Sattuth, Gul and Yamberzal depicted the agony of the common masses living in Kashmir and the Kashmiri Pandits living in exile. The stories of Gul and Yamberzal created an era of love compassion and devoid.
The success of opera marked an emotional attention of Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari. He explained that how the different acts of the opera took him to the era of his working with Kashmiri Pandits and said that this opera Wakhtuk Partav is a pure blessing which must be showcased in different parts of the country especially in Valley.
Saif-u-Din Bhat was so overwhelmed by the impact of opera that he announced a donation of Rs one lakh for the team of Sownzal Foundation.
In his address Bihari Kak, chairman Sownzal Foundation highlighted various financial and technical problems faced by the organizers while getting funds from J&KAACL.
Dr Aziz Hajni, Secretary J&KAACL however assured of raising funds and improving technical support to the organizers.
The opera was written by P N Koul Sayil. It has seven songs composed by Kuldeep Saproo, Choreographed by Sonia Rajput which were video designed by Ravi Kachroo. The soulful voice of singers like late Vijay Mallah, Deepali Wattal, Usha Handoo, Shazia Bashir, Suresh Chauhan, Zulekha Fareed and chorus render images to the lyrics of great Kashmiri writers like P N Shaad, Bal Krishan Sanyasi, Jai Krishan Bezan and Sayil. The powerful dialogues by J K Koul Bezan were voiced by renowned theatre artists of the State like Vijay Dhar, Raj Kumar Bhat, Jeetender Jotshi and Shygun Tikoo.
The other caste included Sonia Rajput, Kanchan Kachroo, Nitin, Roopali, Vaishali, Rajni Rajput, Pratiksha Sharma, Sahiba Bhat and Hitanshu Jinsi. The sound for the opera was given by Kay Audio Links and operated by Lokesh while lights were by Pankaj and operated by Ravi Kachroo and Raj Kumar Bhat.
Dr Arvind Aman, Additional Secretary J&KAACL presented vote of thanks and the stage was conducted by Bindya Tickoo. Former MLC Vijay Bakaya, noted scholar Prof A N Sadhu, Dr Sushil Razdan a renowned Nneurologist, G R Hasrat Gadda, Vinod Pandit, Prof Gigoo and M L Saraf were among prominent persons who were present on the occasion.