Mumbai-based-drama-ensemble ‘Theatre of Roots and Wings’ and Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi presented a 75 minutes Indo- Hungarian theatrical venture titled ‘The Last Chapter’ in Punjabi at the Randhawa auditorium here on Monday.
Written and enacted by accomplished poetess, actor and model, Nivvy Randhawa, the play was designed and directed by Hungarian poetess thespian Katalin Ladik, 72. The drama basically chronicles the glimpses of the life of Maharani Jind Kaur, widow of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the last but the bravest Sikh ruler of Punjab.
The poetic potentiality of the playwright and director was perceptible as they indulged in their flight of fancy and profuse of imagination in bringing alive the emotions of the protagonist, Maharani Jind Kaur.
Through a spell of calculated stage movements Nivvy Randhawa brought alive the ambitions and aspirations, aches and ecstasies conceived by Jind Kaur as a child prodigy which included her cherished desire to be queen , a ruler and the most loved and respected lady on Earth while she manges to achieve all of this, her dreams eventually get shattered, driving her to sheer darkness.
The play is suggestive of the fact that darkness in life is indicative of the situation when you sacrifice small emotions which are otherwise imperative to lead a life. Riding on the technical virtuosity of parallel times, the concept was employed by the director himself and the poetic renditions that of Sufi poet Hasham Shah , Surjit Patar and Shah Mohammad augmented the play’s emotional climax .
After the play, Punjabi poet, Surjit Paatar released a poetry book “Orion De Sat Sittare” written by Nivvy Randhawa.
The repeat show of the play will be staged on Tuesday at 6.30 pm.