The recently launched city-based theatre group, 'Beehive', marked Martyrdom Day by staging a Punjabi play, “114 Din”, at the open-air theatre of Punjabi Bhawan on Sunday.
The play took back the audience to March 23, 1931 when the audacious freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged in Lahore.
A total of 25 young participants left the audience spellbound with their performance. Jas Longowal, Aryan Prince and Shubham Sharma played the roles of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, respectively. The play was directed by Sikander Singh, who is currently pursuing his graduation in theatre. Interestingly, most other participants were from various colleges of the city.
Play director Singh said, “It took us about 20 days to prepare this play, which not only took our theatre spirits to new heights, but also taught us many values from the life of freedom fighters.”
“The aim of the play is to inspire the society, especially the youth to follow the same morals and principals to make a mark in lives,” Singh said.
Longowal, who played the role of Bhagat Singh, said, “I felt more than happy, as I was selected for the role of Bhagat Singh. I salute his courage and spirit. Do the youngsters have the similar attitude and spirit these days? I doubt.”
The audience that remained glued to the play applauded the dedicated effort of the theatre group.
Paramdeep Singh, a retired teacher, who came to watch the play, said, “I am impressed with all participants, who successfully put their best foot forward in their performance. I also feel that theatre is more powerful and influencing than cinema or television. I hope it continues to survive in the years to come.”
In the end, free literature and books on the life of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were also distributed.