Though women have been extolled as goddesses in our epics and scriptures, she all along had been subjugated and given comparatively secondary status in the male-dominated society.
This predicament of the Indian woman finds an eloquent expression from the mythological times up to the contemporary modern period in a soul string solo act ‘Chidi Di Amber Wall Udaan’ which celebrated its 100th edition at the Randhawa Auditorium, Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, on Sunday.
Acclaimed film, theatre artiste and director Anita Shabdeesh brought alive the anguish of womanhood in the concluding play of the Suchetak Rangmanch, SAS Nagar, in collaboration with Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi and UT cultural affairs.
The poetic-dramatic script sculpted by Shabdeesh was based on Dr Gurminder Sidhu’s poetry. It dealt with the issues of patriarchal brutality and advocated for social change and self-realisation.
The solo-play presented in the Brechtian technique witnessed Shabdeesh in different hues of her act which brought in focus various hither to unheeded facets of the Indian woman.
The play highlighted the idea of collective liberation of all repressed sections of society, including woman. Armed with a potent thematic content of social relevance, Anita delineated her emotional disposition through perfect acting spells and won a standing ovation.
Earlier, the Suchetak solo act theatre festival commenced on a majestic note with solo act ‘Khetan da Putt’ presented to perfection by Punjabi film scriptwriter and comedian Rana Ranbir and directed by Canada-based thespian Roopinder Jit Singh on Saturday.
Rana, after a hiatus of 18 years, took the centrestage only to shine through the 70-minute spectacle enlivening the philosophy and ideology of poet Avatar Singh Sandhu ‘Pash’ - the acclaimed literary exponent of the peasantry of Punjab.
Rana employed his literary acumen and theatrical skills to depict the struggle of Pash and his times from darkness to enlightenment through dramatic narrations of Pash’s ornate poetry, pages from his diary and letters.
Musical compositions by H Guddu rendered by Harinder Hundal augmented the otherwise sleek performance.