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Swati Goel Sharma, Hindustan Times
Ludhiana, September 25, 2013
With a bunch of young theatre lovers forming a performing group, the theatre in city is all set to receive a much-needed boost of youthful energy.
The members of the group, comprising several trained actors, say they will dare to go beyond the convention in Punjab. Their first play, a symbolic and dramatic presentation of the effect of war on humanity, will be staged this weekend.

“We were bored with the hackneyed subjects and conventional staging. For instance, themes such as drug abuse among rural Punjabi youth and the plight of the aged have been exploited to death,” says Sikander, who is pursuing a course in Performing Arts from Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, and has been associated with a local theatre group for the past five years.

“The audience has got bored and so have we. Lately, a sense of boredom and impatience has crept in. We realised we wanted to break the mould and do what is called 'modern' theatre. As many as 10-12 friends shared my views and we formed a new group titled 'Beehive Theatre Group',” he adds.

The group intends to infuse new elements in theatre such as contemporary issues, dramatic stage effects, exaggerated acting and elaborate costumes.

Elaborating, Sikander says, “We have presented a lot of theatre on the severe opposition to inter-caste marriages. However, the reality of today's times is that the monetary differences and not the caste ones are prominent. So we wish to talk straight and touch everyday issues.”

Kirandeep, who has studied at the department of Indian theatre in Panjab University, Chandigarh, says the group will dare to experiment.

“For instance, we are so fond of showing a hapless, weak and tormented woman in our theatre. We, however, will bring the today's women - courageous, independent and rebellious - on the stage,” he says.

The group also plans to exploit smart marketing strategies and garner sponsorships for their work. “We plan to be aggressive,” says Jasbir, another member.

Other members include Aryan Prince, Talwinder, Santosh, Harjinder, Harpreet, Bal Kishen and Avtar Singh, all with considerable stage experience. “We will try to stage a play once every month,” they promise.

Debut play on Saturday
Their debut play 'Nitya Nithur Duwand', a Hindi translation of a Bengali play by Goutam Chakraborty (which in turn is an adaptation of Bengali novel by the same name penned by Rishikesh Bhattacharya), will be staged at Balraj Sahni Rangmanch, Punjabi Bhawan, at 7.30 pm on Saturday.