Natrang stages ‘Shattered Dreams’

A scene of play ‘Shattered Dreams’ staged by Natrang in Jammu.
A scene of play ‘Shattered Dreams’ staged by Natrang in Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 21: Natrang in its Sunday Theatre Series presented a new Hindi play ‘Shattered Dreams’ based on the poetry ‘Sabse Khatarnaak’ by Avtar Singh Sandhu (Paash) at Natrang Studio Theatre, Kachi Chawni, here today.
The play was designed and directed by Abhishek Bharti, a young qualified theatre director who has been conferred Sangeet Natak Akademi’s prestigious Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for theatre direction.
The play was prepared by Natrang’s fresher group, which was trained in an acting workshop held recently and it was based on chorus performance style, beautifully structured through choreographed movements and the content had a hard hitting pinch of domestic violence.
The zeal and enthusiasm of the freshers was something which left the audiences spell-bound.
The play opens with a girl clutched by other participants from every side, trying to move in the forward direction. Her body parts had been clenched from every side, with her mouth and eyes completely covered. With no dialogue in this formation, the image said thousand words. A girl plays numerous characters in her life, she is a daughter, a mother, a wife, and how she is deprived of everything she desires.  Her dreams are crushed, her goals are erased and above all her soul is burnt. The image left a huge impact on the audience, leaving them in their own interpretation of the image formed.
The play was a mirror to the society and a presentation of how people be wearing blinkers to avoid the reality.
These types of plays are known as theatre of cruelty, developed by Antonin Artaud, aimed to shock the audiences through, sounds, lights and gestures.
The actors included Sushant Singh Charak, Saba Jamwal Udit Sagar, Chahat Katyal, Aarti Devi, Bhrighu Sharma, Adil Mushtaq Khan, Chirag Anand, Aastha Sharma, Akshita Khajuria and Simran. The Lights were designed and executed by Neeraj Kant while music was given by Abhinav Sharma. The show was coordinated by Mohd Yaseen.