Dogri play ‘Bhagya Vidhata’ fosters flavour of mother tongue

A scene from the Dogri play ‘Bhagya Vidhata’, staged by Lakshya-The Aim, at Abhinav Theatre on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
A scene from the Dogri play ‘Bhagya Vidhata’, staged by Lakshya-The Aim, at Abhinav Theatre on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Lalit Gupta

JAMMU, Mar 17: It is an uphill task to establish Dogri theater in Jammu, especially when the new generation of Dogras prefers to speak in English/Hindi rather than their mother tongue. But a beginning has certainly been made through the eight-day Dogri Theater festival which opened on last Friday, here.
On the third day of ongoing festival organized by North Zone Cultural Center, Patiala in association with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, ‘Bhagya Vidhata’, a comedy was staged at the Abhinav Theater, here today.
Directed by Aditya Bhanu, the play-written during Sahitya Akademi /Dogri Sanstha playwright’s workshop by Prof Lalit Magotra in association with Susham Sharma, Jitender Sharma, Raj Rahi, Rajneesh Gupta and Sudhir Mahajan.
The play, a humorous take on the discord between married couples, opens with Bhagya Vidhata-The Controller of Human Destinies, who after finding two couples who are always fighting with each other and lamenting how bad destiny has stuck them together, decides to give them a fresh chance by inter-exchanging respective partners.
After a short period of matrimonial bliss and harmony, when the couples again start fighting, the God is confused and returns back to his realm, where he himself suffers the wrath of his disgruntled wife. Thus proving that matrimonial discord is the fait accompli of married mortals as well as of the Almighty himself.
Savored by the audience, today’s production-conspicuous for the classy anecdotes of disharmony among couples, and woven in dialouges laden with spicy everyday expressions, phrases, idioms and proverbs- successfully succeeded in fostering the flavor of mother tongue.
The cast included Aditya Bhanu as Bhagya Vidhata /Shekhar/ Anuroop Pathania as Ravi/ Shekhar, Shikha Bandral as Kanta/ Rama, Riteshi Singh as Rama/ Kanta, Vishal as Thekedaar, Sandeep Sharma as Mehta, Abhishek Sharma as Budda, Varsha Bakshi, Drishti Rajput, Sonam Sharma as Janaani 1, 2, 3 and Paagvaan. Lights by Rahul Khatri, music by Sanam Sudan, costumes by Kriya Bogal, make-up by Bindia, and assistance In-direction, Salini/Shilakha.