Like each year the city based active and noted theatre group, ‘Rangmanch Rang Nagri’ is all set to mark the ‘World Theatre Day’ celebrations for three consecutive days at the open air theatre of Punjabi Bhavan.
It will commence on March 27, the day of theatre and will culminate on March 29 which will introduce the denizens to the two inspiring plays for which the rehearsals are very much on since last few weeks.
According to Tarlochan Singh (50), the theatre festival director who stepped into the world of theatre while he was just fifteen says that he chose those particular plays that can make the audience and especially the youth realize certain moral and human values.
“This year, we decided to stage two famous plays which are ‘Jis Lahore nahi vekheya oh jameya nahi’ that unfolds various hues of the 1947 partition scene and ‘Mawa De Dhukhre’ that showcases the plight of mothers whose sons have got trapped in drugs”, informs Singh to HT.
The play ‘Jis Lahore nahi vekheya oh jameya nahi’ will be staged on March 27 and 29 which has all the local artists where as the play ‘Mawa De Dhukhre’ will be staged on March 28 whose all participants are from Samrala town near Ludhiana.
In total, about 45 artists will be participating from which many will experience the pioneer opportunity to act in a play. “I am participating for the first time in theatre. Daily, during practice sessions I attain more confidence and learn various stage ethics and many lessons from the play”, maintains Roshan Kumar, a 21 year old local student.
His counterpart Avishek Sharma (20) another student feels, “Since, a play has many characters so one gets to learn a lot from each character that also inspires us to be imbibe right values and ethics in life to be good human beings. This is the best part about theatre”.
When asked to the chief festival enthusiasts about the status of theatre today, they all unanimously agreed that theatre has lost its charm. “Theatre is now only limited to youth festivals of colleges and universities.
Gone are days when plays were staged in the villages and one and all awaited to see the plays”, feels Tarlochan Singh while his 34 year old colleague Jagjit Singh who is assisting the direction says, “Since, theatre polishes the personality in many ways so it must be a compulsory subject in all the educational institutions.
This will also make the theatre popular even among the youth. Mandeep Singh (44) who is one of the oldest members of this theatre group and is a budding actor holds the view that theatre has lost its charm since it has also turned commercial like cinema.