JAMMU, Aug 30: Shanti Gupta Center for Women Studies, MIER organized a Natya Paath to celebrate the Women’s Equality Day, here.
The Natya Paath was based on the life story of Aruna Asif Ali, a Bharat Ratna awardee for her contributions in the freedom movement of India.
Dr Reeta Jitender Social Activist, Dr A.S Aman Secretary Cultural Academy Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Renu Gupta Vice Chairperson MIER, Sarla Kohli and Raj Bharti were some of the eminent dignitaries present on the occasion. Monika Rathore, Coordinator SSGCWS MIER College of Education formally welcomed the gathering and apprised them about Natya Paath which is a novel and unique form of presenting the drama where the characters do not use costumes and make up and read the script to enact their roles that is why it is named as ‘Natya Paath’ (Drama with reading and recital).
The role of Aruna Asif Ali was played by Dr. Rita Jitendra, renowned play writer and a reputed artist.
Bhavinder Pal Singh played the role of Asif Ali the great freedom fighter. The play was written and directed by Rajneesh Gupta. The life story of Aruna Asif Ali was very nicely depicted in the play with special focus on the Quit India movement 1942, in which she became the first women to hoist Indian Flag.
Dr AS Aman in his address appreciated the increasing role of women in the society.
He said that women play a vital role in the growth and development of the nation and bring different skill sets in the professional world whether it is multitasking or handling the stress. He emphasized that women development has gone through a long journey and come of age he remaked. Prof. Reeta Jitender’s role was exceptionally singled out by the audience for so much realistic efforts put to be in the shoes of the great women Aruna Asif Ali.
The programme was conducted by Priyanka Choudhary, student of BEd. III Semester who also presented formal vote of thanks.