A Kashmiri theatre play,’Wattepaed’ (footprints),has been selected for performance in National School of Drama’s annual International Theatre Festival,Bharangam-2012,a rare feat for a Kashmiri production.
“A reflection of present political realities of the Valley,’Wattepaed’ is a blend of modern theater techniques and traditional folk theatre form,Bhaand-e-Pather,” director of the play Arshad Mushtaq said today.
He said the play was well received by the audience and the critics with a standing ovation for the team when it was premiered here.
Mushtaq said the play revolves around a small village,where a message from the king shatters the beliefs of the villagers,but the fear of punishment stops them from raising their voice.
“(But) an old man decides to disobey,well aware of the fact that this may lead to his death,” he added.
The noted Kashmiri filmmaker has earlier directed plays like ‘Su Yee’ (He will come) and ‘Akh Daleel Loolech’ (A story of Love).
The theatre group includes veteran actors like Yousuf Shahnaz,Rajinder Tickoo,Ashraf Nagoo,Mir Sarwar,Riyaz Mir,Malik Mushtaq and Ubaid Safapori.
NSD’s annual fest,where the play will be staged,is acknowledged as the largest theatre festival of Asia dedicated solely to theatre where national and international productions are staged.
Mushtaq’s ‘Su Yee’ was the first ever Kashmiri production to be showcased in the same festival earlier.