Balwant Thakur’s internationally acclaimed Dogri play ‘Ghumayee’ staged by Natrang Jammu here this evening at Matrika Auditorium, SMVD University, Katra. The play was staged in connection with the ‘Decadal Celebrations’ of SMVD University, Katra. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary IAS, District Development Commissioner, Udhampur was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Dogri play “GHUMAY EE”, which has already made a mark at the world theater scene is credited for being the first Indian play which made it to the Frankfurt International Theatre Festival (Germany) and World Experimental Theatre Festival, Moscow (Russia). First produced in the year 2000, the play is based on Dogri Folk Tale of a hilly village and opens with a ‘VIDAI’ scene after the solemnization of marriage and bride is being carried in a ‘Doli’ to her in-law’s place. The lead actors of the play who have performed record number of shows of this play repeatedly all over the country and abroad since last 16 years gave remarkable performances and audiences had the rarest occasion to witness country’s most accomplished actors on stage. Performance of Vikrant Sharma who played the lead role of ‘Paani Laane Waala’ left the ultimate impact of his versatility and command over acting. The powerful acting of Anil Tickoo as ‘Dulha’ demonstrated his control over the art of his matured acting. Amongst senior actors who gave powerful performances included Neeraj Kant, Subash Jamwal, Sumeet Sharma, Rahul Singh and Ankush Lakhnotra. Gauri Thakur in her debut performance as ‘Dulhan’ was successful in justifying the challenging role. She was equally supported by Aishwarya Sathe, Geetanjali Khajuria, Meenakshi Bhagat and Sanchita Dubey. Others who supported the play through their notable performances included Gopi Sharma, Rajan Thakyal, Mahikshit Singh, Abhee Bargota, Rishiv Sharma, Yash Manhas, Shivam Singh and Brijesh Avtaar Sharma. The soulful music of the play was composed by Suraj Singh who also led the singing of the play and also gave an appreciable entry on stage as ‘Gujjar’. The lights of the play was designed was Suraj Ganjoo and executed brilliantly by Gaurav Jamwal. The audiography of the play was designed and executed by Mohd. Yaseen. The show was coordinated by Aarushi Thakur and Vanshika Gupta did the stage management.