A SPECIAL 45-minute drama on the life of iconic tiger Jai, who has remained untraceable for the past four months will be staged on October 2 at Umred on the occasion of Wildlife Week.
Penned by Nagpur-based theatre artist Dhananjay Mandavkar, the drama titled ‘Jai’ will tell the story of the tiger and the folklore associated with him till his disappearance on April 18 from State Director General of Police Satish Mathur, an avid wildlife lover, will be the chief guest while Wildlife Protection Society of India Central India director Nitin Desai will preside.
Umred-Karhandla wildlife sanctuary, 50 km from here. Activists from Wildlife Conservation and Development Centre (WCADC) an Umred-based NGO, will perform in the drama to be staged in an open air theatre. Gaurav Sondawle, one of the activists will perform Jai’s role.
“We wish to narrate Jai’s story with a message of importance of tiger in ecological conservation and Mandavkar has touched every aspect of Jai’s colossal strides across a vast area of 600 sq km where he roamed like a king commanding a harem of several tigresses and cubs. It would include perceptions of all stakeholders, including government, activists and people. It will not speculate about his being alive or dead but will remain open-ended till his disappearance,” Rohit Karoo, a WCADC activist told The Indian Express.
The 250 kg 7-year-old radio-collared tiger has not been since anywhere since April 18 with speculation that he has been poached being rife.
DGP to hold tiger cell meeting
DGP Satish Mathur will hold the first Tiger Cell meeting in Nagpur after a gap of over nine years, on October 1. Last held in 2007, the meeting is supposed to be held at least once in two years. The said DGP is ex-officio chairman of the Tiger Cell. Co-chairman PCCF (wildlife) Shri Bhagwan said, “It is really unfortunate that the state level meeting couldn’t take place for nine years. It’s very important for the message of tiger conservation to percolate to regional and district level cells. So, we are inviting IGs of police, and SPs and all PCFs for the meeting.”