What better way to remember a playwright than to stage her/his plays. Balwant Gargi’s play ‘Mirza Sahiban’, staged at Tagore Theatre, reverberated the true spirit of love on Wednesday.
The play was directed by GS Chani, a veteran theatre artiste and also the first-batch student of Gargi at the Department of Indian Theatre, PU. The play is based on the famous love legend of Mirza and Sahiban, who defied the social order to be together. Mirza, a great archer, fought against social taboos and was killed as he elopes with Sahiban. The play touched metaphysical heights. Mirza, was played by Chanis Gill, a popular name in Punjab and Pragati Sharma donned the role of Sahiban.
“It is an ode to lovers. We extend our apology for what the world has done to all the lovers,” said Chani. “Sahiban was killed by her brothers, honour killing existed 400 years ago too,” he added. The script is woven with ‘Mirza Gayaki’, a local folk singing style, composed by storytellers Barkhuddar, Bhagwan and 16th century poet Peelu in the musical composition by Tejie Gill.