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BHUBANESWAR, JUNE 25: They number only 15, yet they are awakening the patriotic fervour among thousands of Oriyas through their street pl...

Written by Debabrata Mohanty |
June 26, 1999

BHUBANESWAR, JUNE 25: They number only 15, yet they are awakening the patriotic fervour among thousands of Oriyas through their street plays in Puri and Bhubaneswar.

When `We Artistes’, a city-based TV production company formed by a group of artistes, performed `Kargil’ at the portals of Indira Gandhi Park here on Thursday enacting the bravery of Army soldiers like Manas Ranjan Sahu, whose body was draped in tricolour, few eyes in the 200-odd curious onlookers were left dry.

The scripts of the play changes from time to time depending on the Army’s achievements against the Pakistani infiltrators. On Thursday, the yellow banian clad actors and actresses took jibes against the Government’s inability to call it a full-scale war. When an actor of the group, dressed as Vajpayee, declared to his coterie that it was not a war, but `proxy war’, the audience laughed.

Playing Sonia Gandhi and her trusted aides, the actors made fun of the Congress president for her role during the last ten days. The selfishness ofthe countrymen was also exposed by the actors, who took turns to deride the “cricket-obsessed people” as our soldiers continued to fight a grim battle with Pakistani intruders at Kargil.

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Ganesh Mohapatra of the “We Artistes” told this paper that in the last ten days they have staged 18 street plays on the Kargil conflict at Market Building, Lingaraj Temple, Kalpana square, Indira Gandhi Park and some places of Puri. He said similar plays will be held in other cities of the state to arouse patriotic spirit.

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First published on: 26-06-1999 at 12:00:00 am

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