Jammu Tawi, January 1
The first Sunday of the year 2017 witnessed highly engrossing performance by young artists of Natrang in it’s weekly theatre Series ‘Sunday Theatre’ Natrang chose to present a new play in Hindustani ‘Budhi Kaki’ written by Munshi Premchand and directed by Neeraj Kant which received standing ovation of the audience. Wishing all the great year ahead, Director of Natrang Balwant Thakur announced on the occasion that Natrang promises to showcase best of the world plays in Jammu and will also strengthen the moment of consistency of the performances. On the occasion he informed that Natrang completed 120 shows in one year which is a record in the country .Many heavily fully funded cannot dream of achieving this level excellence both the quality and quantity which Natrang has achieved with sheer selfless devotion of so many artists and technicians. The story of today’s play revolves around an old woman, popularly known as “kaki”, who just have one desire left and that is of good food. She is always engaged in only one kind of work, and that is crabbing for even a little thing. And her crabbing is too loud to even wake up a sleeping giant. Her attitude towards family members and vice-versa adds humour and makes the play humorous in many ways. But in the end, play takes a twist, which forces the family members to sympathize with kaki. This play also gives a strong social message that would make everyone think about their loving parents. Dewankshi Sabikhi in her portrayal of ‘Kaki’ gave an engrossing performance and was successful in evoking lot of emotional response. Vrinda Sharma also received appreciation of the audience as daughter-in law. Prominent among others who gave good performances included Mohit Kaul, Rajat Salgotra, Akshit Kaul, Vedhant Malhotra, Aman Kapoor and Koushal Manhas. Lights were operated by Neeraj Kant whereas the music was rendered by Gautam Kumar. The Sets were designed by Shivam Singh and the presentations were done by Goutam Sharma.