Sanskar Bharti, Punjab-Chandigarh Chapter in collaboration with North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala and North Central Zone Cultural Centre (NCZCC), Allahabad (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India) is organising six days ‘2nd Aacharya Abhinav Gupt Natya Mahotsav’ at Navrang Auditorium, Bal Bhawan, Sector 23-B, Chandigarh from December 16 to 21, 2018.
Prof. Saubhagya Vardhan, Director, NZCC, Patiala informed that for the first time a natya mahotsav based on medieval saint poets is being organized in Chandigarh. He further informed that as part of celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi a ‘Gandhi Gram’ is set up at the venue, in which ‘An Exhibition of Paintings’ is being organized. These paintings were created during the Painting Camps held at Kalagram, Chandigarh by different artists on the theme of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology’.
On the third day of this Mahotsav, a play “Ram Rachiyata” was staged on the life events of Maharshi Valmiki by Nat-Chaupal, Delhi on 18th December, 2018. The play is written and directed by Sh. Vashisth Upadhayay. Maharishi Valmiki has shown the character of Shri Ram. The bandit Ratnakar was hiding in the forest. If anyone went there, he would have robbed him along with his colleagues. If someone made excuses, he would have killed him. One day Naradji was going from there, Ratnakar also warned him that whatever you have got, give it to us. Narad ji said, give me the answer to the question and you will get the money. His questions were that whatever sins committed by bandit Ratnakar, his family would also be a partner in it. Desperated with the reply of wife and father, Ratnakar told Narada that he should tell him the path of freedom from this sin. Narad said that chanting only Rama-Rama is the biggest mantra. But the chanting of Rama Rama was not easy for Ratnakar then he got absorbed in penance by the chanting of Mara-Mara and the ants were made bomby on his body. Brahama appear and give him the name ‘Valmiki’ and he is asked to write Rama’s Ramayana. That is why “Japa Jaga, Valmiki Bhaye Brahma Samana” said for Valmiki. In the same thoughts Valmiki was roaming along the banks of the river and two Cronche birds were being pleased with the work of the birds; then a tiger killed the male bird. Lamentation of a female bird, he spoke stubbornly, who, unintentionally, turns out that was the first verse of Ramayana poetry. They had a divine vision, so that they knew the past and the events that happened, thus the Ramayana was composed. After the abdication of Mother Sita by Shri Ram, they were placed in the ashram of Maharishi Valmiki, where they had two sons, Luv and Kush. The children are in big hands and they bind the horse of Shri Ram who is performing Ashwamedh Yagya. Because of this, the preparation of Ram and Love-Kush war is done when Valmiki comes and introduces father son. Valmiki ji said that Lord Rama had to do this on his writing, but who gave him this power. Therefore, the Lord who wants the same, Valmiki ji writes. Although the story is all known but there was some newness in it. Good use of music was done with new melodic songs. 17 artists took part in this play.
The Chief Guest of the play was Dr. Navdeep Kaur, HoD, Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The Chief Guest appreciated all the artists and Director of Nat-Chaupal, Delhi for this beautiful play presentation in the presence of Prof. Saubhagya Vardhan, Director, NZCC, Patiala and other dignitaries.