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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bhashmasur: A Mythological Garhwali Drama

Bhashmasur: A Mythological Garhwali Drama

(Review of a Mythological Garhwali Drama ‘Bhashmasur’ (2011) by Lalit Keshwan)

Notes on Asian Mythological Dramas, South Asian Mythological Dramas, SAARC Countries Mythological Dramas, Indian Mythological Dramas, North Indian Mythological Dramas, Himalayan Mythological Dramas, Mid Himalayan  Mythological Dramas, Mythological Dramas from Uttarakhand, Kumauni   Mythological Dramas, Garhwali Mythological Dramas
                                      Bhishma Kukreti
              Writing and staging mythological dramas is very common in each community. The old age civilization used to stage mythological dramas through various means.  Nagraj Holeyannavar states that myth is fictitious belief of the people in a popular manner.
             Bhashmasur’ (2011) by Lalit Keshwan is a mythological one act drama in Garhwali. The story of Bhashmasur is very popular in India.  Bhashmasur is a Rakshas king. Bhshmasur wants to be immortal. Bhashmasur worships Lord Shiva and asks the blessing that when he (Bhashmasur) puts his hand on other’s head the person will die because of burning. Lord Shiva fulfills the desire of his devotee Bhashmasur and blessed Bhashmasur for this power of burning others.
          Bhshmasur wants to try his power on lord Shiva. Lord Shiva runs away from Bhashmasur. Lord Vishnu comes to rescue Lord Shiva. Bhashmasur puts his hands on his own head and burnt away.
          Lalit Keshwan uses dialogues effectively and the mythological drama ‘Bhashmasur’ (2011) will attract the audience as they have knowledge of Bhashmasur.

References:
1-Dr Anil Dabral, Garhwali Gady Parampara (Modern, Contemporary Garhwali Dramas Criticizing Blind Faith and Foolishness from beginning till 1990)
2-Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna, Gad Myateki Ganga (Modern, Contemporary Garhwali dramas Criticizing Blind Faith and Foolishnessfrom beginning till 1975)
3-Dr Sudharani, Garhwal ka Rangmanch (Modern, Contemporary Garhwali Dramas Criticizing Blind Faith and Foolishness from beginning till 1985)
4-Drama special issue of Chitthi Patri magazine (Modern, Contemporary 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 (Modern, Contemporary Garhwali Drams and theatres from beginning till 1985)
6-Dr Bhakt Darshan: Barrister Mukandi Lal Srmriti Granth (Modern, Contemporary 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 Modern, Contemporary Garhwali drama)
8- Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna, 1986, ‘Chakrchal’, 16 Modern, Contemporary Garhwali Drama collection, B2 -B48, Janakpuri, New Delhi -110058
9- Articles on souvenirs of Garhwal sabha, Dehradun for celebrating Uttarakhand Lok Natya Mahotsava , 2005 and 2007 
  
Copyright@ Bhishm Kukreti, Mumbai, India

Notes on Asian Mythological Dramas, South Asian Mythological Dramas, SAARC Countries Mythological Dramas, Indian Mythological Dramas, North Indian Mythological Dramas, Himalayan Mythological Dramas, Mid Himalayan  Mythological Dramas, Mythological Dramas from Uttarakhand, Kumauni   Mythological Dramas, Garhwali Mythological Dramas to be continued….