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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chhatra Bhang: A Satirical, Political Garhwali Drama of Animal Characters about Misfiring of Revolution

(Review of Political Satire Garhwali Drama ‘Chhatra Bhang’ written by Shakt Dhyani (2009)

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                    Review by Bhishma Kukreti
            Credit goes to playwright Shakt Dhyani for bringing first time the birds as human characters in Garhwali dramas. Critics applaud for the great initiative by playwright Shakt Dhyani.  
                   There are thousands of stories wherein the animals play the role of human beings. There are folk stories in Garhwal as well in other parts of world wherein animals play the role of human beings. There are folk and modern poetries in Garhwal and other areas wherein animals are shown as human beings. Kukreti provides many details of the traditional folk dramatists of Garhwal (Badi-Badan) used to play dramas of animal characters.
           Shakt Dhyani (editor of Halant magazine) wrote a fine Garhwali drama ‘Chhatra Bhang’ (under publication) wherein all characters are in animal form. The characters are birds or animals. The drama Chhatra Bhang’ was staged thrice in Dehradun and was directed by Ramesh Dobariyal in 2009.
          The story is about revolutionary activist Crow who is against present rule. The opposition party members exploit Crow and there is revolution in the land. However, nothing changes after revolution because one vulture replaces another vulture. The real revolution is change of old system but when system does not change it is ridiculous to name it revolution.  The drama attacks sharply on the concept o f ’Revolution’, kranti’ or Satta Parivartan’ where there is no change in old system, does not bring new desired system and there is just changes among politicians. The dialogues of drama are real from political world. The incidents of drama are already experienced by Indians many times in past when in the name of revolution or change of rule they were deceived by corrupt politicians.
 In an telephonic conversation, the playwright Shakt Dhyani that he was inspired by a Russian novel wherein there as a wolf character in the novel. While staging the play, all characters were in there animal or bird forms.
 The main characters are crow (hero), vulture (villain) pigeons, parrots, sparrows, Ghindudi, Sentulus, etc in the first Garhwali drama Chhatra Bhang’ with the characters of birds as human beings.
  The theatre, drama world will always remember Shakt Dhyani for initiating experiment of taking animal and birds in Garhwali plays. This is the first Garhwali drama wherein animals and birds play the role of human beings.
References:
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)
8- Manuscripts of various dramas (curtsey by Parashar Gaur)
9- Personal talks with playwrights/dramatists
10- Notes by D.D Sundariyal from Chandigarh
11- Various inputs by Dr. D. R. Purohit from Shrinagar, Garhwal  
12- Bhishma Kukreti, Lok Natya Visheshank of Chitthi Patri, Dehradun

Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti , 24/5/2012

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