In a one-hour and ten minutes' stunning performance, eminent Punjabi actor Rana Ranbir kept the audience spellbound during the presentation of the one-act play, 'Khettan Da Putt', on Saturday evening at the Dev Samaj College for Women here.
It was entirely a different display of artistic skills by Rana who, commonly known for comedian roles in various Punjabi movies and plays, proved his capability of doing serious roles in the play, stged for the first time in India after its premier show was presented in Canada last month.
"This is not a comedy but a serious story of the life of a revolutionary and a great poet Avtar Singh Sandhu 'Paash', and it's our duty to show his readers and followers his sufferings," said Rana while talking to HT. "There is no loss bigger than killing of dreams," said Rana.
Amid pin drop silence, Rana meticulously impressed the audience and received a great applause to imitate the true character of the revolutionary poet 'Paash". The play was dirteted by Roopinderjit Sharma.
Additional sessions judge, Ferozepur; Rakesh Gupta, additional sessions judge Ram Kumar, Lakhbir Singh, SP (Headquarters), Ferozepur, and Madhu Prasher, principal, Dev Samaj College for Women, and Punjabi artiste Harinder Bhullar and national awardee Gurnam Sidhu were also present on the occasion.
Who was Paash
Avtar Singh Sandhu 'Paash' was born on September 9, 1950 at Talwandi Salem, Jalandhar, and became famous as a poet after his first book "Loh Katha" was released on May 19, 1970. On this auspicious day, Punjabi literature got a poet, who was a trend-setter.
His second book "Urde Bajan Magar" was released in 1973 and the third book, "Sade Samean Vich" in September 1978.
Paash was a revolutionary poet, who wrote on common people and farmers of Punjab. He freely expressed his thoughts agaisnt wrongs in the society, and provided Punjabi literature new idioms.Paash is counted one of the the world-famous and appreciated poets like Nazam Hikmet, Pablo Nairoda, Faiz Ahemad Faiz, Garcia Lorka, Maxism Gorki, Railf Faks, Christopher Kadvel, Astrovaski Muktibhodh and Dhumil. An active fighter against wrongs, Paash was killed by terrorists on March 23, 1988, who did not realise how much loss they had caused to the humanity.