A Punjabi play ‘Sukki Kukh’ was staged on day two of the ongoing TFT Summer theatre festival at Randhawa Auditorium on Tuesday. Structured in a deep rural milieu of Punjab, the play is one of the best master piece literary creations by Ajmer Singh Aaulakh, a Central Sangeet Natak Academi awardee. Well known film and TV actor, Veena Dhir directed the play with the comprehensions of all the problems of gender disparity, old conventions, pessimistic outlook , illogical rituals and superstition commonly faced by the female fraternity especially the orthodox and non-literate segment.
The play revolves around the life a village woman, Dhanno, married to a drug addict Toti, who consistently tortures, thrashes and exploits her for not bearing a child. Instead of sympathising with her , apparently her medical problems, the pastoral society ailing with orthodox beliefs do not understand her anguish. She, however, was deeply attached to her sister’s son Talli, and found solace in spending more time with him, although that annoyed her sister, Bhago and others.
Unable to withstand the torturous behavior and social criticism Dhanno, is desirous of becoming a mother at any cost. She even approaches sorcerer so as to be blessed with a son., who compel her to sacrifice a child only then she could bear a child. Caught between a mental conflict and external pressures, the innocent Dhanno’ gathers courage not to kill any child whom she loves and instead emerges stronger to take on the society to fight justice.
The concluding play ‘ Loha Kut ‘ will be staged on Wednesday.