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It's a week-long ode to Bhagat Singh,which started on his birth anniversary — September 28.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published:September 29, 2013 4:35 am

It’s a week-long ode to Bhagat Singh,which started on his birth anniversary — September 28. Alankar Theatre Group’s new production,Bhagat Ka Bharat,has used the opportunity to raise a valid question — is this the India of Bhagat Singh’s dream? Written by Piyush Mishra and directed by Sumita Kalia,the street play attempts to say that even though the British rule has ended,another form of tyranny has begun. For the common man,only the rulers have changed — their exploitation and harassment has not ended.

Beginning with an incident in 1965 in Delhi when BK Dutt,a comrade of Bhagat Singh in the assembly bomb case is hospitalised,the play then goes back to 1921,returns to the contemporary times in 1994. It traces the relevance of Bhagat Singh’s ideology in present times. In contrast to the non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi,Bhagat Singh advocated a revolutionary end to the British rule. Though he shared Gandhi’s vision of an independent India,the differences on the means to attain it always persisted. The play also includes live songs such as Pagdi sambhal jatta,Sarfaroshi ki tamanna and Rang de basanti chola.

The play will be staged everyday till October 4,at the Plaza,Sector 17,Chandigarh

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