Ker: A Garhwali Drama for Social Right Fight
(Review of Garhwali Drama ‘Ker’ (1956) written by Dr. Govind Chatak)
(Notes on Dramas about Human Right Fight, Indian Dramas about Human Right Fight, Himalayan Dramas about Human Right Fight, Uttarakhandi Dramas about Human Right Fight Garhwali Dramas about Human Right Fight)
In old time even after independent, there were social norms for Shilpkars (Untouchables) that they could not enter into any temple and the bride-groom were not allowed to go by Dola-Palki /palanquin in their marriage procession through village boundary or near temple. Dr Chatak took the same subject of struggle for entry into temple by Shilpkars. Gyan Singh is the leader of Shilpkar who inspire his socially deprived community to enter into temple. In this process Gyan Singh and his community fellows get beaten by upper caste people.
Due to dialogues drama gets speed.
The drama is purely a propaganda drama and Dr Chatak avoids emotional scenes into drama. Dr Anil Dabral calls this drama ‘ker’ as ‘sarkari natak’.
1-Dr Anil Dabral, Garhwali Gady Parampara (Garhwali Dramas from beginning till 1990)
2-Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna, Gad Myateki Ganga (Garhwali dramas from beginning till 1975)
3-Dr Sudharani, Garhwal ka Rangmanch (Garhwali Dramas from beginning till 1985)
4-Drama special issue of Chitthi Patri magazine (Garhwali Dramas and plays staged in Delhi, Karachi, Mumbai, Dehradun and other places)
5- Dr Hari Datt Bhatt Shailesh, Garhwali Natak evam Rangmanch: Ek Vihngam Avlokan (Garhwali Drams and theatres from beginning till 1985)
6-Dr Bhakt Darshan: Barrister Mukandi Lal Srmriti Granth (Garhwali dramatists or theatres playwrights till 1985
7-Dr Nand Kishor Dhoundiyal, Garhwal ki Divangat Vibhutiyan (pp108-116, about contribution of Bhagwati Prasad Panthri for developing Garhwali drama)
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