As Aulad : A Garhwali Drama Deals with Pain of Migration
(An Introductory note by Rajendra Dhashmana in 2001 AD)
Translation by : Bhishma Kukreti
By difficulties, the Garhwali drama is successful to get shape or recognition. It took ninety years to create definite shape. The playwrights and dramatists-performers have been awakening but not up to the extent of adequate requirement. Marathi and Bengali stage plays have completed three hundred years because there was continuity in terms of writing and staging of these languages dramas. There was a time in Garhwali drama that not a single play was staged for around twenty-five years. There was good time for Garhwali drama that for a quarter of century many marvelous plays were staged .
When as much as possible drama activists will enter into the field of Garhwali drama , Garhwali drama will develop at fast speed.
Though I have been very busy I read with full concentration the play As Aulad of Kulanand Ghansala. I am glad that the dramatist has the knowledge of dramatization and staging the play. The play or drama is different field than novel or story writing. Since, drama is medium of communication , the drama leaves a message to the audience.
The message of As Aulad is that why there is need of migration from homeland (Garhwal to plains) for getting employment ? A well to do average village man Bhagat Singh’s all four sons are out of Garhwal . The story takes birth because three sons of Bhagat Singh were happy in village except one son and then starts migration by all four sons towards four different Indian cities . The dramatist is capable marvelously showing the differences between the habit and habitats of Bhagat Singh in village and shis sons living in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Dehradun and Meerut. Dramatist Ghansala created a strong reason that Bhagat Singh visits to his sons in each cities , by studying the worsening positions of all sons, Bhagt Singh created such a strong consequence that all four sons return to their village and this scene is the message of the drama As Aulad.
This is the matter of cleverly weaving of the story that all the above subject has to be presented on the stage. The dramatist became successful in showing all the facts on the stage. The drama is a social art. The drama is the results of various constituents of society. That is why the director should have the knowledge of social engineering and dramatization as well. The drama is written in such a way that the director will find easiness in staging the play, which will get attention and appreciation from the audience. The playwright Kulanand Ghansala has tremendous potentiality for writing worthy dramas. I wish him all the best.
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