Natrang stages “Soch” at Mendhar

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Natrang show series in Poonch District concluded with the staging of play ‘Soch’ directed by Rahul Singh at Balnoi village of Mendar Tehsil today. Aimed at educating the rural folk about their burning problems, this series featured 12 (Twelve) shows of three plays, two of them were written and directed by Padamshree Balwant Thakur. The presentation of these shows was supported by Indian Army and was attended largely by local population and school children. Giving details about this show series, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur informed that while scripting these plays lot of research went into this work to create characters and situations which directly relate to the local conditions, their linguistic idioms and cultural beliefs. At each performance venue these plays were not alien to them but on the contrary audience was surprised to see that how come Natrang knows the problems they are confronting.
The last show was at village Balnoi which is on LOC and interestingly the power-packed sound emerging out of these intense performances was echoing across boundaries. The play ‘Soch’ unfolds before us many situations where all our follies which are responsible for the unhygienic atmosphere around us. We all love cleanliness but no one loves to clean, this was shown through different scenes which carried sumptuous humour and sharp satire. Localities are so full of garbage that it is difficult to tell that weather there is garbage in the locality or locality in the garbage. People do not acknowledge the presence of Dust-Bins on the streets and shamelessly use the streets as Dust-Bin instead which adds on the assimilation of garbage on the roads which results in infection and diseases.
If we clean our house at the cost of spreading litter in our locality, we may never get our house clean because ‘as you sow, so shall you reap’ is a very relevant quotation in this context.
The artists who participated in the shows included Neeraj Kant, Mohd. Yaseen, Rahul Singh, Juhi Singh, Shivam Singh, Ankush Lakhnotra, Rajan Thakyal, Mahikshit Singh, Piyush Anand, Rishav Sharma, Sudesh Parihar and Meenakshi Bhagat.

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