One of the leading drama ensembles, The Sur Saanjh Society, staged their ninth annual production ‘Saudagar’ at the Randhawa Auditorium of the Punjab Kala Bhawan on Wednesday.
The soul-stirring play underlining the theme of drug abuse in Punjab was sculpted by acclaimed academician playwright Nirmal Jaura which flourished to brilliance under the direction of veteran Jarnail Hoshiarpuri.
The play was structured in the rural and urban milieu of Punjab so as to illustrate the substance of the play. Drifting away from conventional comment on drug addiction in the northern region, especially Punjab, the playwright offered a comprehensive analysis of the rampant evil highlighting the role of a contemptuous drug mafia who exploit the masses, initially by alluring them with booty supplies on concessional rates till they become drug addicts.
The play was suggested in many ways that the drug menace must be dealt with strict control on the drug mafia, their network and collaboration with agents in India and across the border.
Playing the protagonist Saudagar, Rupinder seemed to be the perfect choice for this character who brought alive the role of a drug racketeer as well as the leading and affluent social figure of the area around his village.
In the play, Saudagar involves his own son, who is a promising science student but to keep his father’s wishes exhorts his college friends to be a part of the flourishing drug racket. But Saudagar eventually faces a grave situation when his beloved son Deepa dies of drug consumption.
Kuldip Bhatti, Gurdip Singh, Satinder Singh and Devinder Jugni also excelled in their roles. The music by Sandeep Kamboj and Kulbir as well as lights by Jasbir Jassi augmented the production.