Natrang stages ‘Suno Eh Kahani’ in Sunday Series

A scene from Balwant Thakur's Dogri play 'Suno Eh Kahani', presented at Natrang's weekly Sunday Theatre.
A scene from Balwant Thakur's Dogri play 'Suno Eh Kahani', presented at Natrang's weekly Sunday Theatre.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 6 : Dogri play ‘Suno Eh Kahani’ conceived written, designed and directed by Balwant Thakur was staged at Natrang Studio Theatre, in Sunday Theatre Series. The play is highly experimental and has the credit of being largely staged Natrang production.
Today’s play was based on the story of a young girl ‘Guddi’ representing a major section of rural lower middle class adolescent young girls, who are forced into matrimony at a very tender age. Guddi is fully aware of the strains of early marriage, as it has taken its toll in untimely death of her mother. She wants to grow and get educated before she takes up the responsibility of married life. Her dreams are shattered, a ‘suitable’ groom is found and marriage date is fixed. While the marriage ceremonies are being performed, help comes in the form of intervention by legal authorities and decision of marriage is deferred for appropriate time. The play highlights the plight of young girls who are sacrificed at the altar of rotten, redundant customs of illiterate and ignorant sections of our society.
Suresh Kumar played the role of ‘Baap’ whereas Sakshi Parkash played the role of ‘Guddi’ with full theatrical versatility. The narrators of the play Anil Tikoo and Sanjeev Gupta did multiple roles thus demonstrating their hold over acting. Pawan Verma as clownish groom generated repeated laughter through his comic acts. Rahul Singh as ‘Police Man’ was also very impressive. Others who performed as chorus and various characters in this highly innovative play include Dimple Sharma, Tajasvi Sharma, Shivika Verma, Atin Tikka, Rohitashiv Sharma, Vinay Manhas, and Sachin Saini. Neeraj Kant executed the Lights. Sumeet Sharma coordinated the show & also did the presentations.


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