Balancing Act

It’s a play that narrates the relationship between a father,his sons and their duties.

Written by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published: April 1, 2013 9:55:56 pm

It’s a play that narrates the relationship between a father,his sons and their duties. Badshah,a king,decides to divide his kingdom among his three sons based on their response to his question “Who loves me the most?”. While his two elder sons,Shamim and Karim,resort to the more effective praises to impress him,the youngest son gives an honest reply when he says he loves him like a son would love his father. The father throws Rafiq out of the kingdom and divides it among two elder sons. However,he later realises his folly when his elder sons do not put up with his demands and throw him out of the kingdom.

Based on Shakespeare’s King Lear,the production Badshah Pather will be staged next week in Delhi as part of “Revisiting Bhand Pather”,a three-day festival on Bhand Pather,an age-old traditional Natya Prayoga,dance-drama of Kashmir. “The festival revisits traditional Kashmiri theatre which has been forgotten,” says MK Raina,director of the play.

To begin on April 5,the three-day festival,which has been organised by IGNCA,Delhi,in collaboration with MK Raina,aims to look at the current state of affairs of Bhand Pather of Kashmir,whose existence has been threatened due to the socio-political and economic factors. Also staged at the festival will be Gosain Pather and Shikargah Pather,a traditional Bhand Pather play revived after 30 years. It deals with the conflict between forest dwellers and people who claim to be the masters of the forests,the hunters.

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