Press Esc to close
Saturday 25 April 2015
News updated at 9:40 AM IST
Weather
Max: 33.4°C
Min : 21.6°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Premchand for children

Baishali Adak, Aug 7, 2012, DHNS :

Theatre

Hilarious :A scene from the play Shatranj ke Khiladi that was staged as part of a tribute to Munshi Premchand.

Theatre for the grown-ups is common, but plays for children are rare. Amateur theatre group Dramatech recently staged three short stories of Premchand - Do Bailon Ki Katha, Shatranj ke Khiladi and Nimantran, making a praiseworthy attempt to fill up that void.

Keeping it simple, they played the three back-to-back and the lively story and hilarious performances left the audience, especially the kids, in peels.

First came Heera and Moti in Do Bail…, nodding their heads, moving their tails and cud-chewing continuously. The oxen love their master Jhuri but his wife thinks that they are lazy and sends them to her brother’s place.

Unable to stand the separation from their master, they flee, facing many difficulties, a cruel master and lastly a butcher.

Dressed in white outfits with black gloves for hooves, the oxen were deftly portra­y­ed by Shwetank Sharma and Abhishek Kumar.

Shwetank comments, “It might look easy but these were probably the most challenging roles of our lives.

To behave like an animal – shrug shoulders, flap ears and lick the limbs, while delivering dialogues like a human, is not easy. However, it feels good to see that kids loved us, especially our bells.”

Shatranj Ke Khiladi, which came up next, was adored too. In the Lucknow of 1856, Jagirdar Mirza Sajjad Ali and Mir Roshan Ali are obsessed with chess. First, they ignore their wives, then, their duties towards Awadh, and finally, get into a fight over the game and kill each other.

Lastlycame Nimantran – a rip-roaring comedy. Moteram, a Brahmin receives an invitation for bhoj at a queen’s palace. He’s asked to bring along six other Brahmins for which he selects his own five little sons and wife. Hereafter, begins the tale of the queen and Moteram’s friend Chintamani catching them red-handed.

Ravi Raj Sagar, the director of these plays, expressed, “It was anyways a unique experience for me staging Do Bail, Shatranj... and Nimantran which have never been made into a play before.

“On top of that, the large number of kids in the cast posed an additional challenge. They would want to play and indulge in mischief all the time and it would take some effort to get them to rehearsing. It’s an amazing feeling now to see it all having gone so well.”

The kids in the audience also seemingly enjoyed themselves. Manutosh Gehlot, a standard V student of Army Public School exclaimed, “I loved Premchand in the books.

After seeing these plays, I like him even more. Are there more stories by him? Will they be staging them too?”
We certainly hope so.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat performing rituals at Kedarnath temple...

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat performing rituals at Kedarnath temple...

Long queue of devotees outside Kedarnath temple on the day temple doors were opened...

Long queue of devotees outside Kedarnath temple on the day temple doors were opened...

Large number of devotees throng Lord Shiva (Bharathwaj Eswarar-Swarnambigai) temple during...

Large number of devotees throng Lord Shiva (Bharathwaj Eswarar-Swarnambigai) temple during...

Pilgrims special prayers during 'Jumme ki namaz' at Dargah Khwaja Gharib nawaz in Ajmer...

Pilgrims special prayers during 'Jumme ki namaz' at Dargah Khwaja Gharib nawaz in Ajmer...

A supporter of Muslim League Jammu Kashmir (MLJK) shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar...

A supporter of Muslim League Jammu Kashmir (MLJK) shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar...

School students talking among themselves after their visit at Parliament in New Delhi...

School students talking among themselves after their visit at Parliament in New Delhi...

Workers spread red chilli to dry at the wholesale market in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

Workers spread red chilli to dry at the wholesale market in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

Police personnel showing skills during passing out parade in Rajasthan Police Training...

Police personnel showing skills during passing out parade in Rajasthan Police Training...

A giant whale found washed ashorein the south sea of Gulf of Mannar, in Mandapam...

A giant whale found washed ashorein the south sea of Gulf of Mannar, in Mandapam...

Forest officers trying to rescue a baby elephant with her mother from a waterbody...

Forest officers trying to rescue a baby elephant with her mother from a waterbody...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523