An evening with the barefoot philosopher

It was a date with history when director Raj Besaria brought to life the Hindi version of James Maxwell Anderson’s renowned play on the great philosopher Socrates and his great sacrifice.

Delhi Natya Utsav, the five-day theatre festival that culminated on January 24 staged Sukrat Nange Paon (Barefoot in Athens) and showed the unjust trial and the ultimate sacrifice by the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates and his sorrowful last few days.
Directed by Raj, the play also depicted the emotional side of Socrates and charted out what would have been the thoughts of a man during his final days through his conversations with his wife.

The theatre festival which was presented by the Delhi Government and the Sahitya Kala Parishad at the Shri Ram Centre turned out to be an eventful and vibrant display
of a wide array of stories and emotions onstage.

The festival also brought other interesting plays to the centre stage like Chekhov ki Duniya, Aurangzeb, Abducting Diana and Love in a Time of Oppression that appreciated over the course of the festival. According to Raj, the director, “The play was based on the final days of Socrates, his trial, values and his sacrifice. I also wanted to let the world know about this great man who has given so much for human kind. Wo hamesha satya ke raaste mein chale hain or unki wajah se hi aaj iss duniya ko ‘Democracy’ shabd mila hai. Jaise Jesus ko unke logo ne hi maara tha, waise hi Socrates bhi shaheed hue the apne desh Athens ke liye .”

The play which had many performances to cherish and remember was very well written and executed by all the actors. But, the key of the play was the authenticity. From the dresses to the shoes to the kitchen utensils – everything was authentic which took everyone back to that era.

Letting Delhiites know about the great philosopher, this play was surely a treat for all. Post the festival, J P Singh, Assistant Secretary (Drama), Sahitya Kala Parishad, said, “The plays that were performed have been widely appreciated on different platforms earlier also and here again they did not fail to leave an impression on the minds of the audience. And we are really happy to have got such a great response from theatre lovers of the Capital.”

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