Natrang Theatre Festival concludes with ‘Panja’ play

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 1: Seventh Natrang Theatre Festival of the year 2018 concluded here today at Natrang Studio Theatre, with the presentation of Hindi play “Panja” an Hindi adaptation of W.W. Jacob’s famous English play ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ directed by Anil Tickoo.
Today’s play “Panja” highlighted the unsatiated desire of a greedy family, who come into possession of ‘The Panja’, which has supernatural powers for granting them three wishes. In their greed they ignore the fact, that the repercussions of its use would bring disaster in the long run.
The Mehra family lived happily. However on acquiring the ‘Panja’ they become greedy, ignoring the warnings of using it. The fulfillment of Mehra’s wish proves disastrous and heart rending. There is an element of tragic irony in the play as the supernatural powers of the ‘Panja’ destroy the peace and joy of those who possess it. The old parents life becomes miserable when their wish is granted, which comes in the form of monetary compensation for the death of their only son. Totally shattered they use the Panja for granting the second wish to see their son alive again. They are terrified by the loud knocks on the door, when they discover that the dead son has returned, horribly mutilated. In desperation the father uses the ‘Panja’ to grant his third wish so that his son can be dead again and rest in peace. The play ends on a tragic note evoking sympathies for the greedy couple whose dreams have been shattered by the supernatural ‘Panja’.
The artists who performed with the professional ease in the play included, Suresh Kumar, Neeraj Kant, Brijesh Avtar Sharma, Meenakshi Bhagat and Ajay Kumar Lalotra. Anil Tickoo designed the set of the play and Brijesh Avtar Sharma and Manoj Kumar Lalotra executed it. The lights of the play were designed and executed by Shivam Singh and Manoj Kumar Lalotra scored the music of the play. The show was coordinated by Mohd. Yaseen and the presentations were done by Vanshika Gupta.

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