‘Smell no evil’, says Gandhi’s 4th monkey

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2014 09:30 IST

Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a street play ‘Bura mat soongho’ will be staged in both the rural and urban areas of Amritsar district to spread awareness about cleanliness among school children.

Dastak group, in response to the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already started their mission by staging the street play in two city schools Delhi -- Public school and Cambridge International.

Next week they are all set to reach the government schools in and around the city to cater to the rural youth. This initiative is sponsored by union ministry of culture and supported by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, under which Dastak has been chosen to stage 20 shows of the play ‘Bura mat soongho’, claims director Rajinder Singh of this satirical comic play. Rajinder Singh, who has passed out from National School of Drama, is also the founder of Dastak.

The play has been written by Ankit Luthra who, in a very creative manner, has added a fourth simian to Mahatma’s Gandhi’s three monkeys. While Gandhi’s three monkeys exhort people to hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil, the Luthra’s latest addition urges them to smell no evil.

Rajinder Singh feels that after 16 years of hard work in the theater world, along with his wife Amita Sharma (Dastak chairperson and NSD student), has given him a great opportunity to contribute to a campaign like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. “Dastak has been associated with the ministry of culture and Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi for long. Maybe our contribution in raising various social issues have helped us being a part of Modi’s initiative to promote Swachh Bharat drive through a medium like theatre which can reach the masses,” he says.

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