JAMMU, Nov 12: Jhiri Mela-2019 today enlivened with the presentation of acclaimed Dogri play ‘Bawa Jitto’ here at the main stage of Mela consecutively for the second evening.
The play has been written by Late Prof. Ram Nath Shastri and was devised, designed and creatively directed by Padamshree Balwant Thakur.
The mind-blowing presentation of Natrang took thousands of devotees and pilgrims to a 600 year old saga of supreme sacrifice of a farmer who gave his life in fight of justice and exploitation by the landlords.
Welcoming the gathering at the main stage of Jhiri Mela, Secretary Natrang, Neeraj Kant said, if such events are made a permanent feature and are supported wholeheartedly, they will not only revive cultural and community life of the area but will also become the ultimate world cultural destination.
Bawa Jitto, a hard working, farm less farmer left his village. Accompanied by his nine-year-old daughter, he takes shelter in house of a friend in Shamachak, a nearby village.
The efforts of his friend Rullo result in a land grant from landlord in Shamachak and one fourth of the produce is fixed as land revenue. The hard work put in by him turns the barren land into prolific treasure. This makes avaricious landlord to back out on his word and ask for major share of the crop. Helpless Jitto, unable to endure injustice, kills himself. The agony becomes boundless when Gauri, his little daughter immolates herself on her father’s pyre.
The artists who performed in the play were Neeraj Kant, Subash Jamwal, Anil Tickoo and Saanvi Anand. They were supported by senior actors like Suresh Kumar, Vijay Bhat, Ghaghi, Dewankshi Sabikhi, Vrinda Sharma, Mohd Yaseen and Mahikshit Singh.