The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport has opened its premises for the performance of a 20-minute-long street play, to be held at the arrival and departure lounges on Wednesday. The play is a part of the Paryatan Parv celebrations which are being organised by the Ministry of Tourism.
Airport director Manoj Gangal said, “We want to make the airport a positive and friendly space. A street play is an informal way of interacting with the people. We will ensure that we take up similar events in the future as well so that people coming in and going out of the airport have a good time.”
The play, scripted and performed by the students and teachers of Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Gandhinagar, starts with a few people planning to travel abroad for their holidays. They are then introduced to the beauty of India and through the course of the play they are told about the attractions that various states have to offer.
Shweta Mehta, a factulty member at IHM said, “As a part of the Paryatan Parv, from October 5 to October 25, we have been performing plays, organising quizzes and sessions to inform people about the beauty of India. We also celebrated the heritage status of Ahmedabad. The offer to perform inside the airport came at the last moment and we are looking forward to it.”
Raveena Sahare, a student at IHM said, “We also decided to put in a social responsibility angle in the play. We will ask people to keep the country clean, to make sure our guests are not harassed or cheated. We will tell people not to spit on the streets or litter. We will be performing the play twice at the airport. If all goes well then we will possibly be allowed to perform it more than that.”