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A tribute A scene from the play
A tribute A scene from the play

Theatre Kalabhishek Parivar’s play titled ‘1857 - a freedom struggle’ was a tribute to all those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom movement

This year happens to be the 151st anniversary of the first freedom struggle of 1857, and also the 61st year of our existence as a free and independent nation. On this occasion, ‘Kalabhishek Parivar’ of Hyderabad organised a documentary play with live music based on ‘1857 - a freedom struggle’ to rekindle the past memories. The one-hour-and-forty-minute play was also a tribute to all those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom movement.

While the scenes were in Marathi and Hindi, the songs were in Marathi.

It was indeed a unique presentation of the freedom struggle with songs, action and an audio visual screening forming part of the production. If at one side of the stage weresutradhars (narrators) on the other side were singers and in the middle of the stage, the action scenes were depicted on the audio visual screen.

It was interesting to see how women supported the men folk in the freedom struggle. The women would pack lunch and sendmessages in the tiffin boxes, which travelled to different villages. The women would also send a lotus flower to every housesignifying the struggle movement.

Being the national flower, lotus was used to garner more people for the independence struggle. Even sadhus and saintscarried vital information on the freedom movement and passed it on. Theywere probably the unsung warriors who fought for the freedom struggle.

The entire documentary was well synchronised with narration and audio visual effects, and the credit goes to the director Bhaskar Shewalker.While Sunil Chandurkar was the assistant director, the costumes and props matched the period style.

The music by Vinay Patankar was good and was ably supported by Nishant, Rohini and Madhav. The narration was done extempore by Sharayu Deshpande and Yashwanth Gharipurikar.

C. SURESH KUMAR

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