Kathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि): A Garhwali Contemporary Drama depicting Frustration of Intellectual Migrated Garhwalis
(Review of a contemporary Garhwali Drama Kathai Birali (काठऐबिराळि) by Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna)
(Notes on contemporary Indian dramas, contemporary Himalayan dramas, contemporary Uttarakhandi dramas, contemporary Garhwali dramas, hundred years of contemporary Garhwali dramas)
Kathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि) is one of the sixteen contemporary Garhwali dramas of ‘Chakrchal’(1986) a contemporary Garhwali drama collection book by Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna . The drama deals with the emotional attachment of migrated Garhwalis of Delhi, their desire to do something for their beloved motherland Garhwal. However, due to necessary struggle for better life in cities of Delhi, Mumbai etc they are unable to contribute physically there in Garhwal.
The contemporary Garhwali drama Kathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि) is about social workers as Martand (a businessman), Tarang (a poet and intellectual), Aruna (a student leader), Bedhadak (a journalist), Raghu (poen at Garhwal Sabha Delhi, Ajad (a politician) , Bhola (just came to delhi for his wife ‘s treatment) taking part in conference.
There is no thrill in this contemporary drama but it opens many problems of Garhwal and pertaining to migrated Garhwalis. There is evergreen problem of contemporary Garhwal in the drama Kathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि) as following dialogue states
मार्तंड - हाँ त आजै मिटिग्यौ कार्यक्रम क्या च?
तरंग- बात त पुराणि ही च गुरजि पण अमणि ज़रा हम लोग वां पर कुछ ण्या तरीका से
गंभीरता पूर्बक स्वचणा छां -पाड़ी माटो सौब उन्दों बौग्यी औणु च.
The playwright of contemporary drama Kathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि) also deals with the negative points in contemporary political world. Azad lost election recent election. Now, he joins the ruling party and the characters of contemporary dramaKathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि) describes the political characteristics as –
मार्तंड - अच्छा त आजाद जीन ह्रदय परिवर्तन कर यले ?
अरुणा - ये देश मा हौर हूणु क्या च. बगैर स्र्जारी का दिल बदलेणा छन -कमाल
Bahuguna has been a leader in adopting popular Hindi and Sanskrit phrases in Garhwali as
तरंग-सूरज का समणि मु छ्याळो क्य रगर्यौण
The contemporary Garhwali drama ‘Kathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि)’is successful in depicting the frustrating state of migrated Garhwali intellectuals and social workers who can only discuss about the problems of contemporary Garhwal and Garhwalis in plains but are totally unable to act upon.
a wrote this contemporary Garhwali drama ‘Kathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि)’ for radio medium. Therefore, Abodh Bandhu emphasized more on dialogues that the requirement of stage on contemporary Garhwali drama ‘Kathai Birali (काठऐ बिराळि)’.
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