JAMMU, Sept 16: ‘The Uncrowned Poet’, a dramatic portrayal of the events which transcribed in the life of Sahitya Akademi Awardee Randhir Singh Jamwal, creatively known as Kunwar Viyogi was staged today at Padma Shri Padma Sachdev Government PG College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu.
A collaborative venture of the College and Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust, the Play highlights the personal trials and tribulations of an aspiring poet, a passionate lover, a benevolent brother and a loving son.
Directed by accomplished and young director Gauri Thakur who is also an alumni of Padma Shri Padma Sachdev Government PG College for Women Gandhi Nagar, the Play captures the life and works of celebrated Dogri writer Kunwar Viyogi, who is the embodiment of perseverance, highlighted by the enormity and inevitably of his journey from an ambitious poet who forsakes his creativity to serve his country as an Air Force officer.
The theatre adaptation of Kunwar Viyogi’s life was brought to life by noted script writer and theatre director Aarushi Thakur Rana who beautifully sketched Viyogi’s life and challenges. She transcends normality in Viyogi’s story and exemplifies the passion of an artist, the desire of a lover and the patriotism of a service man.
The writer-director duo used Dogri couplets from Viyogi’s award winning book ‘Ghar’ as an integral part of story narration and mesmerized the audience with Dogri songs like Rasam Riwaaz and Baabul also penned by the writer himself.
Prof Minu Mahajan, Principal Padma Shri Padma Sachdev Government PG College for Women Gandhi Nagar, graced the event as its chief guest. Winners of Kunwar Viyogi Sonnet Recitation Competition in Dogri and Hindi were also honoured during the event.