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Balwant Thakur's 'Gatt' delivers satirical punches on human values decay at Amar Mahal
3/3/2024 9:52:18 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Mar 3: Renowned playwright Balwant Thakur's acclaimed Dogri play 'Gatt' took center stage at Amar Mahal, Jammu, as part of Natrang's weekly theatre series 'Sunday Theatre,' coinciding with the ongoing Tawi Festival organized by Hari Tara Charitable Trust. Adapted from Krishna Chander's celebrated Urdu classic short story 'Khadda,' the play delivered a powerful satire on the erosion of human values in contemporary society, leaving the audience spellbound with its poignant commentary.
"Gatt" unravels the narrative of societal indifference and apathy, portraying a poignant scenario where a man falls into a ditch, symbolizing the plight of the common man seeking aid from various segments of society. The play encapsulates the reluctance of individuals, including surveyors, youth, religious leaders, law enforcement, and politicians, to extend a helping hand, instead prioritizing personal agendas and superficial gestures.
Thakur's adaptation resonated deeply with the audience, who found themselves engrossed in the unfolding drama, punctuated with biting satire and thought-provoking insights into contemporary social dynamics. The performance garnered resounding applause, affirming its impact on the viewers' conscience.
The play's climax reached a crescendo as a plea for assistance from the fallen man resonated through the theatrical space, reflecting the stark reality of marginalized communities grappling with neglect and indifference from those in positions of authority.
Among the distinguished attendees were Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, AVSM (Retd), Dr. Jyotsna Singh, Himani Khajuria, Suman Gupta, Martand Singh, Arvind Kotwal, and Sohan Baloria, who lauded the production for its compelling portrayal of societal issues.
Natrang actors, including Neeraj Kant, Shivam Singh, Mohd. Yaseen, Brijesh Avtaar Sharma, Sanket Bhagat, Kushal Bhat, Kananpreet Kaur, Meenakshi Bhagat, Aadesh Dhar, Vishal Sharma, Sheryaar Salaria, Chaitanya Shekhar, and Vansh Pandotra, delivered stellar performances under the adept direction of Chander Shekhar.
Balwant Thakur's 'Gatt' left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of Jammu, sparking conversations and reflections on societal responsibilities and the need for compassion in an increasingly fragmented world.
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