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Part of pain

Nanki Singh, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 21, 2013
First Published: 09:49 IST(21/12/2013) | Last Updated: 09:57 IST(21/12/2013)

Gursharan Singh, 62, a renowned music and theatre resource person is ready to bring to fore the many questions posed by the Partition, with the play Kitne Pakistan which would be staged in the city.

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The play is an adaptation of a Hindi novel by the same name written by Kamleshwar, for which he won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2003. The novel was born out of Kamleshwar’s own experience of the Partition.

Singh, who has performed on stage in the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East, is a Sitar maestro as well, having been a disciple of Padma Bhushan awardee Ustad Halim Jaffer Khan.

According to Singh, the play is not just about the Partition of India and Pakistan, but one that seeks answers as to why people part ways not just physically, but also socially and psychologically. “It is about all kinds of violent epochs that thwarted the aspirations of the common people.
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The main protagonist of the play is time,” explains Singh, further adding, “I am interesting in bringing the abstract in a concrete form to the audience.”

Finding the experience of working with young theatre artistes enriching, Singh says one gets to learn a lot from enthusiastic students who want to leave the audience impressed by their talent.

“I am focusing on using music to create a high level of interest in the play. There will be song and dance sequences that will highlight the dramatic action of the play,” Singh elaborates.

His pet peeve is the fact that most schools pick up Broadway musicals for their productions without adding any creativity to it.

“I am a person who wants to be a part of the thought process from the start to finish. Once I have decided what to adapt, I write the script myself with help from the people in the play,” says he.

His inspiration, he says, is the author Aldous Huxley. “The tragedy nowadays is that no one has the time to read,” he adds.

The play would be staged by students of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, on December 28
at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula.

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