Kachbital: A Garhwali Drama about Rural Garhwalis Exploiting the Migrated Garhwalis
(Review of a Garhwali Drama ‘Kachbital’ written by Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna
(Notes on Modernism in Garhwali Dramas, Modernism in Uttarakhandi Dramas, Modernism in Himalayan Dramas, Modernism in Indian Dramas, Modernism in Asian Dramas)
There are two distinct dramatists or dramas in Garhwali language drama about narrating the position of migrated Garhwalis. One type of Dramas is as Girish Sundariyal’s ‘Asgar’ which accuses migrated Garhwalis for bad happening in rural Garhwal. Another type of modern Garhwali dramas is Kachbital’ written by Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna which shows exploitation of migrated Garhwalis by their own family members of rural Garhwal.
The drama ‘Kachbital’ is about Shobha a migrated woman visiting her own home to Garhwal from Delhi with her children. Shobha have her brother in law Damodar and his wife Kali in village. As per conspiracy between Damodar and his wife Kali, Kali accuses very badly Shobha as soon as she comes there. Damodar shows he is angry on her wife’s behavior. Shobha leaves for her Maika and tells that infact she came to take Damodar’s son for higher education. After Shobha leaves Damodar and Kali felt sorry that their conspiracy Drama has been harmful for them only.
Bahguna wrote drama ‘Kachbital’ for radio medium. The characterization is real. You may find all characters everywhere in Garhwal. The drama language fit for conflict and struggle of the characters.
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