Play on Komagata Maru staged at Punjabi University

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2014 19:48 IST

To mark the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Komagata Maru incident, the students of department of theatre and television of Punjabi University staged a play titled 'Komagata Maru-1914-Ik Zakhmi Parwaz', in collaboration with the union ministry of culture.

The play was dived into four episodes with each episode relating to a particular area- Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and India- associated with the incident.

The theme music on the struggle of Indians for their country land, composed by Gurjeet Singh, a student of the music department of the university, added a different flavour to the play that received a standing ovation.

The play was based on Gurdit Singh, a Punjabi businessman, who hired a ship named Komagata Maru to ferry some
Punjabis desirous of going to Canada, but were stuck in Hong Kong. There were 376 passengers on the ship and on reaching the Vancouver harbour, the Canadian government forbade them from disembarking.

Jaspal Kaur Deol, assistant professor, who has researched the topic, said people had forgotten about the tragedy and it was her aim to recollect the incident.

The script was written by Gurpreet Singh Rattol, research scholar in the theatre department.

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