There are not many hands playing Sarinda, a three string traditional musical instrument of Tripura. Ranjan Debbarma, 60, is one of six people in the state with finesse over the instrument. At Natya Gram, it was one-of-its-kind attempt to bring the soulful music of this instrument in theatre. Sarinda music paired with that of flute and dholak was extensively used in the first play of the 20th People’s Theatre Festival, ‘Roop’.
Tradition is like a waterfall, a stream that has flowed through time for over hundreds of years, affected by socio-economical, historical, cultural factors, and hitting various rocks in its way and thus reaching a form. It has grown in this process. In villages, the culture and tradition is still preserved. If we have to enhance the traditional theatre forms, then that culture and their literature needs to be studied extensively and then with knowledge, the art form needs to be polished and worked upon.
The pioneer in focusing theatre to the roots and bringing the importance of traditionalism in the art form, eminent playwright and Chairperson of National School of Drama, Padma Shri Ratan Thiyam summed up his thoughts on enhancing and polishing traditional theatre forms in these words.
कालीजाई का ढ़लता सूरज,
मखमली लहरों पर
बिछी लालिमा के आमुख
पँखों की छटा बिखेरे बैठा मोर|
आह! अद्भुत दृश्य,
किसी प्रियसी की याद दिलाता|
सबने सब देखा,
बस जंगल की ओर
उठते केकारव में घुली
उस प्रियसी से मिलन की
पुकार न सुनी|
A few hours after returning from a memorable trip, I write this with my heart going back to the moments of peace and glee. So much so, that I prefer to write about this trip to Puri rather than any other trip taken in the holidays two months back.
Evening 7:30, plan confirmed for the trip, for the celebration of one of our friend’s birthday. Morning 5:00am, we were all lost at how unprecedented a day can be.
आज फिर आँखों के सामने वो सौम्य रूप बार याद आ रहा है| शांत, गंभीर पर उतना ही हँसमुख| एक हल्की सी मुस्कान भी बाकियों के खुश दिखने की सौ चेष्टाओं से ज़्यादा सच्ची लग रही थी| वो गौरव है–सुदृढ़ शरीर, गहरी आँखे, उसके अभिन्न से कद को भिन्न बनाते वो कंधे| व्यंग्य या विरोध की चोट करने से पहले, उन होठो का हल्का मुस्कुराना…आह!
क्यों, क्या हुआ? हूँ मैं महेश की विवाहिता, है मेरा समाज के अबरब के चश्मे में दिखता दो बच्चों और सास-ससुर सहित एक भरा-पूरा परिवार| मेरे जीवन में रिवाज़ों का अंकुश लगाया जा सकता है, मेरी सोच इस बंधन से मुक्त है, स्वच्छंद है| मेरी शर्म मेरे कमरे के पर्दे के पीछे ख़त्म हो जाती है| यहाँ मेरा संसार बसता है–कुचली इच्छाओं का, त्रस्त भावनाओं का, असम्मानित अधिकारों का|
On January 25th India observes National Voters’ Day and this year it is more special with four states bound to see the battle of winning the confidence of the voters. Parties have gone out and out to win over this trust, with the unwavering confidence that they can be successful even after presenting leaders already holding other important positions as the de facto power holders. Bhartiya Janata Party’s persued the voters in Goa presenting to them Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, who also happens to be the former chief minister of the state, as their de facto chief minister and cashing in on his presence and importance in New Delhi.
“You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through study of Gita.”
Only a true saint could have uttered these words, a saint who as much a believer of the God as he was an atheist. This is the reason why Swami Vivekananda is relevant yet today, at times when it feuds based on religion are no surprise and yet intolerance is a myth in that Utopian world.
‘Akhilesh Yadav’ was the answer a sixth standard student of Uttar Pradesh gave to my query on who the President of India is. The answer gives insights into how Akhilesh Yadav as the Chief Minister hasn’t brought much of a wind of change, still how much influence he has in the state’s politics.