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Theatre at its best at National Youth Festival

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Artistes perform on the last day of the National Youth Festival at PAU on Wednesday. (Gurmeet Singh)
Artistes perform on the last day of the National Youth Festival at PAU on Wednesday. (Gurmeet Singh)

Sans the audience cheer, the theatre festival at the ongoing National Youth Festival ended on the last day at Guru Nanak Bhawan.

Nationally acclaimed teams performed one act plays on various issues at Guru Nanak Bhawan, the results of which will be out on Thursday. However, in some plays expressions spoke more than words and raised vital issues of the Indian society.

The play presented by Himachal Pradesh on AIDS spoke about a life of a student who was infected with AIDS due to the mistake of a doctor. Named Kshitij it raised voice against unchecked blood transfusion.

Daayan, a play in Hindi by the Madhya Pradesh team won hearts as it presented life of a women who is termed a ‘child eater’ by villagers who believe in superstitions whereas in reality she loved children and helped in digging graves of dead children in village.
Helpless by the Goa team, portrayed life of women who is helpless in all situations -a daughter, wife or a mother whereas Punjab’s play Behavioral Science displayed life of a student who is stuck between emotions and dreams when he migrates from India to abroad.

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A women in love with a ghost was enacted by Kerala team through Duvidha while strong voice was raised against the caste system by Jammu and Kashmir team’s play titled Naya Savera. It also showed that how laws are helping backward classes to come forward and achieve success.

The show stopper play was Mastano Ka Tola presented by Chandigarh team on the life of great martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and their sacrifice for jang-e-azaadi.

Minimal presence of audience in all three days of theatre at Guru Nanak Bhawan proved that Ludhiana is yet to get a taste for good and meaningful theatre culture.