Political satire Bazr wuch mai tamasha staged at Tagore Hall

HAROON MIRANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 8 2017 12:39AM | Updated Date: Dec 8 2017 12:39AM
Political satire Bazr wuch mai tamasha staged at Tagore HallPhoto: Mubashir Khan/GK

A theatre play revolving around the current political situation and how few leaders exploit the sentiments of people was today staged at Tagore Hall.

The play titled Bazr Wuch Mai Tamasha written and directed by a known theatre personality Nissar Naseem was presented by Firdous Dramatic Club. The play started with two clowns singing around various issues in a market. They target everybody from politicians to intellectuals for failing to come up to expectations. The current situation is depicted by three closed shops in the market and they represent field of art, politics and religion. The drama is divided into three sections as the clowns move from shop to shop, trying to see who are inside it and how they play with sentiments of people.

When the clowns open up shop of art and culture, a gentlemen comes out and tells a writer that he will get his mediocre book a national award and another writer will he helped in publishing a book in lieu of bribe. They get some dubious sponsors and organise a conference on poet Ahad Zargar, despite knowing nothing about the poet. In the money game everybody gets involved and entire art and culture sector gets polluted. The genuine voices are muzzled.

Similarly in the shop of politics the leaders claiming to represent different aspirations use people for their own game. Every leader does politics in the name of a person who the clowns claim had died. Somebody blames police and somebody others for the killing. In the end everybody is embarrassed as it is revealed that nobody had died. Despite having to eat their words the politics continue and parties divide into more factions and everybody makes money.

In the third shop, the clowns show how religion is used to exploit the emotions of people. They use the design of the roof of a religious place which some leaders claim should be round dome and others say should be traditional rectangular. The drama ends with the killing of the smaller clown as he tries to open religion shop to see the looters.

Despite occasional sound problems that seem to be permanent at Tagore Hall, the show went smoothly. The audience loved the references like Mera Ye Hai, Twitter leader, hartal and pellet gun. The dramatic sound of bomb blasts also gave reality like feel of the drama. 

The drama included acting by veteran actors like Qazi Fayaz, Farooq Sheikh and others. 

Nissar Naseem while addressing the audience said that it was his humble attempt to revive the theatre culture in Kashmir. The drama was presented in media partnership with Greater Kashmir. 

The audience included Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo editor-in-chief Greater Kashmir, MLA Gulmarg Muhammad Abass Wani, Nasir Aslam Wani National Conference leader, Syed Humayun Qaiser director Radio Kashmir, Arif Laigroo PDP youth leader and others. On the occasion various personalities including editor-in-chief Greater Kashmir Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo were felicitated.