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?Swarg ke Davedar? spell-binds audience

GEORGE W Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Michael Jackson were negotiating with Yamraj for a place in the Heaven but the latter didn?t relent and instead sent them to hell because of their poor performance on earth. This was scene of a play staged under ?Aaina? at the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) auditorium today. On the concluding day of the three-day cultural program, Odyssey, technocrats showcases their acting skill and mesmerised the audience including the judges.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 01:22 IST

GEORGE W Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Michael Jackson were negotiating with Yamraj for a place in the Heaven but the latter didn’t relent and instead sent them to hell because of their poor performance on earth. This was scene of a play staged under ‘Aaina’ at the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) auditorium today.

On the concluding day of the three-day cultural program, Odyssey, technocrats showcases their acting skill and mesmerised the audience including the judges.
In a street play ‘Swarg ke Davedar,’ the actors ridiculed the politicians and other big personalities for their un-ethical behaviour.

In the play, HBTI students metamorphosed famous and notorious real life characters and to add comedy, a student, who was playing Yamraj (God of Death) entered the stage riding a bicycle and when one of his court-jester asked him why he came on a cycle instead of his famous buffalo vahan (vehicle), he replied that the cost of bicycle was cheaper than buffalo, which weaved a spell of laughter.

The drama reached the climax when a boy playing the character of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav started bargaining with Yamraj that if he was sent to heaven he would start a new AC train from Yamlok to Patna. The God of Death didn’t relent to the requests of pop star Michael Jackson and sent him to hell on the charges of child abuse.

In the same show, students also targeted the ‘Talent Hunt’ shows being organised by several entertainment channels. The drama named Talent Hunt Show in Bhatinda, compelled the people to clap incessantly when the three judges on stage, characters of one Prabhjot Singh Sidhu, Anoop Kapoor and Jayada Khan.

Interestingly, like the hilarious cricketer, PS Sidhu kept laughing on stage and displayed adeptness in being verbose. Some students also played characters of Mehmood and Gabbar Singh. Students also pointed mistakes in the TV shows and in the end, the judges declared the comperer of the show as the winner.

Ekta Wadhwani, a student of HBTI, played the character of Shakeela Begum won accolades for her qawalis, written according to the taste of students. Earlier, HBTI students showed some excellent performance in the extempore competition and spoke on several interesting topics.


First Published: Feb 27, 2006 01:22 IST