Using theatre to save Earth

  • HT Correspondent, None, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 21:42 IST

'Earth can only be eternal if love exists in it' was the message imparted by the students of Spring Dale Senior School during the school's annual theatre festival based on the theme of sustainability of planet Earth.

Titled 'Prithvi…Forever?', the play raised potent questions about the intransience of the world in the wake of the constant tussle between the forces of good and evil and deteriorating values that have not just pushed plants and animals, but also the entire human race, to the verge of extinction.

Congress MLA OP Soni presided over the event, while Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora was the guest of honour.
Rajiv Kumar Sharma, principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that the play began with a scene about animals leading happy lives in a pristine forest, which was later invaded by the land mafia, and also talked about the horrendous face of humanity seen during the Mumbai terror attacks.

"It discussed the ravages of an anticipated nuclear war and went into the flashback mode to recall Satan's rebellion against God, Satan's and his followers' banishment to hell, the beguilement of Eve by the serpent and the resultant fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden as described in the Holy Bible," he said.

He added that the constant struggle between the evil and good inherent in mankind was depicted through a scene of battle between the forces of evil and good in the play. The play also depicted the Earth being ruled by leaders governed by the Devil or their innate selfish desire for political power through the scene depicting the Devil's assembly.

The high point of the play was the presentation of the story of Preet Nagar, the visionary rural utopia of the 20th century. Built on the theme of love, the community was divided by the terror unleashed by terrorism and drug addiction.

"Philanthropic organizations, including Spring Dale Senior School, have pooled in sincere efforts and resources to revive the hamlet and have succeeded to quite an extent," said Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, director, and managing trustee, Spring Dale Educational Society.

Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, director, Spring Dale Educational Society and director, Punarjyot, said that Preet Nagar has often formed a veritable backdrop for the celebration of Saanjh, the annual Amritsar-Lahore festival, aimed at boosting the confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan.

"Preet Nagar is all about the sublime emotion called love, which is what we aim at promoting as far as Indo-Pak ties are concerned. It's high time the humanity worldwide realised its lack of love and revived the feeling in their hearts. Earth can only be eternal if love exists in it," she said.

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