The Great Divide

Two strangers are forced to adopt certain measures to rescue themselves from a situation.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: December 7, 2013 2:18 am

Two strangers are forced to adopt certain measures to rescue themselves from a situation. The situation proves to be a test of their character and brings out the best and worst in them. In noted playwright Rameshwar Prem’s Hindi play Ajaatghar,castesism and regionalism are two strong aspects that are reflected through the conduct of the characters Pehal Purush (Paramjit Pamma) and Doosra Purush (Abhishek Pahwa).

The play,which has been directed by Shyam Juneja,will be performed by the students of the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts at Punjab Kala Bhawan today. The story follows the lives of these two strangers who are caught in riots on their way to a village fair. They take shelter in a deserted house and are both afraid and apprehensive. Oblivious of each other’s caste,there is an unsaid mistrust between the two.

The play denounces caste prejudices and regionalism. During the course of their conversations,both the characters feel afraid of the internal and external worlds,the sense of loss seeing people fighting for nothing and looting others.

“The plays poses some integral questions regarding caste,discrimination,freedom of movement and man against man. We are human beings and we should have the freedom to live anywhere without tags,’’ says Juneja,describing the play.

The play will be staged on December 7 at 6.00 pm at Punjab Kala Bhawan,Sector 16,Chandigarh.

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