ICCR presents ‘Rang De Basanti’ at SMVDU

Excelsior Correspondent

A scene from the play ‘Rang De Basanti’ presented by ICCR Jammu at Maitrika Auditorium, SMVDU, Katra.
A scene from the play ‘Rang De Basanti’ presented by ICCR Jammu at Maitrika Auditorium, SMVDU, Katra.

KATRA, Apr 20: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, presented a Hindi play ‘Rang De Basanti’ directed by Abhishek Bharti at Maitrika Auditorium, here at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) under its Horizon series.
Prof Sudhir Kumar Jain, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, was the chief guest on the occasion who appreciated the efforts of ICCR Jammu in revitalizing the art and culture of the region. He stressed the need of the participation of students’ community in such activities in the larger interest of their overall development.
Earlier welcoming the jam-packed audience at Maitrika auditorium, Regional Director of ICCR Jammu, Balwant Thakur gave a detailed account of ICCR initiatives and programmes particularly the activities undertaken by the regional office Jammu.
The play ‘Rang De Basanti’ written by Puesh Mishra was based on the life and ideology of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The play highlights the fact that though the British rule has ended but for the common man only the rule has changed but their exploitation and harassments have not ended.
The play traces the relevance of Shaheed Bhagat Singh ideology in the present scenario and raises a question-“Is this the India of Bhagat Singh’s dream?” The play starts in 1965 in Delhi where Battukeshwar Dutt a comrade is hospitalized and Markand Trivedi asks him “Is today’s India is really the India of Bhagat Singh dream”.
The story of play then goes back to 1921 and comes back in 1994 and ends in Kanpur, where Shiv Verma another comrade of Bhagat Singh is alive. The play reflects the work and ideology and thoughts and struggle of Bhagat Singh with glimpses right from his childhood to the end of life. It also shows the struggle for freedom with his contemporary’s Sukhdev and Rajguru.
“Rang De Basanti” highlights the ideological learning of Bhagat Singh and also tries to project his thinking pattern.


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