NSD presents a theatrical ode to India’s unsung heroes

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Consider an assassination from the annals of Indian freedom battle. Most reminiscences would rush again to 1928 when Bhagat Singh, together with Shivaram Rajguru, shot John Saunders — an assistant superintendent of police — throughout the British rule. However a lot earlier than this, in 1897, brothers Damodar Hari Chapekar and Balkrishna Hari Chapekar had efficiently assassinated British official WC Rand and his navy escort Lieutenant Ayerst at Pune, Maharashtra. Many unsung heroes, like Chapekar brothers, risked and sacrificed their lives and at the moment are the inspiration for protagonists within the tales which have discovered highlight on the ongoing twenty second Bharat Rang Mahotsav – Azadi Sequence, by Nationwide Faculty of Drama (NSD).

A scene from the play, The Plan, which will likely be staged on July 20, in Delhi.

Recalling the story of Chapekar brothers, which is until date remembered as the primary case of militant nationalism in India, after the 1857 Revolt, is the play titled The Plan. “It was a profitable assassination. Nevertheless it could possibly be profitable, as a result of there was a number of planning that went in it. Equally, within the Nasik Conspiracy Case, AMT Jackson, the then collector of Nasik, was shot lifeless. These incidents are recognized, par uske peeche ki planning ke baare mein log zyada nahi jante. Yeh natak us planning ko dikhata hai,” shares Yogesh Soman, director of the play, including, “In officers ko marne ke peeche freedom fighters ke kya vichar the aur unki mansik tayyari kitni thi, we discover that as effectively. The historic books the place these incidents are documented are principally in Marathi. We collected a lot of the logical and rational evidences associated to those occasions in historical past, to type this play, with out distorting any info.”

Celebrating the 75 years of India’s independence, as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the pageant that kick-started in Delhi not too long ago, has staging of 5 performs, which is able to then journey to different components of the nation. Professor Ramesh Chandra Gaur, director, NSD, informs, “To pay tribute to the unsung heroes of freedom battle of India, we’re organising 30 performs in six main cities specifically Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Varanasi, Amritsar, Bengaluru, and Mumbai. This pageant will culminate on August 14 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, with a particular closing ceremony for this sequence of performs.”

A scene from Ranbhumi Ki Nayika, which will be staged in Delhi on July 19.
A scene from Ranbhumi Ki Nayika, which will likely be staged in Delhi on July 19.

One other manufacturing that has discovered place on this fest is the dramatisation of the well-known story of Practice To Pakistan. “Iska natya rupantar Suman Kumar ne kiya hai, from Usha Mahajan’s Hindi translation of creator Khushwant Singh’s acclaimed historic novel by the identical identify,” shares Amar Sah, director of the play. Sah recounts how the play was chosen in 2021, from greater than 800 entries worldwide, to be staged as a part of BRM. He provides, “We had been to carry out it in Nasik, in February this yr, however it received postponed as a result of third Covid wave. Now once we received to know final month that it has been chosen for Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we had been very pleased that we’ll be capable of lastly showcase it to the viewers.”

Giving readability about the principle theatre pageant, which is deliberate later this yr, Gaur explains, “This ongoing pageant has been named Bharat Rang Mahotsav – Azadi Sequence as a result of we’re not organising the whole Bharat Rang Mahotsav proper now. This specific phase has nataks solely on azadi. The primary BRM will begin in mid-October.”

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What: twenty second Bharat Rang Mahotsav – Azadi Sequence

The place: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg

On until: July 20

Timing: 6.30pm

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi Home on the Blue and Violet Strains

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