The ninth annual edition of the five day drama festival ‘Adakariyan-2014’ organised by Adakar Manch, SAS Nagar, opened to a grandiose start with the staging of a play ‘Amar Katha’ by Adakar Manch and Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi at the Randhwa Auditorium at Punjab Kala Bhawan on Wednesday.
Festival director, Sahib Singh disclosed that the event held a special significance in view of the celebrations of 100 years of Punjabi theatre and expressed the Manch’s gratitude to North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) Patiala, Punjabi Sahit Sabha, New Delhi and Haryana Punjabi Sahit Akademi for their collaboration.
Amar Katha was based on three real life stories which happened at different intervals of time and authored by Sahit Academy awardee , prominent journalist and litterateur Gulzar Sandhu.
The stories under the titles of Shaheed, Din Deenvin Lutt and Bijjuwada depicted the sufferings of the individuals during the forced partition of 1947, the Delhi riots and the militancy in Punjab.
The forced partition and the aftermath which shattered the ethical and humanitarian belief of protagonist Noora who rose from a destitute Muslim to a rich Sikh businessman, Naurang Singh, only to be finally massacred as Naurangi Lal.
The playwright had structured the play with rich comedy sequences only to augment the element of pathos prevalent in the play.