The Golden Era of Balwant Gargi – a musical & theatre presentation marking journey of Balwant Gargi staged at Chandigarh University
Presentation dedicated to commemorate 100th year of Balwant Gargi staged live at Chandigarh University
“The Golden Era of Balwant Gargi”- A musical and theatre presentation dedicated to Balwant Gargi to commemorate 100th year of the celebrated writer was organized at the campus of Chandigarh University. The stage turned into a musical & theatre extravaganza, where excerpts from famous 3 plays written by Balwant Gargi were enacted by team of artists lead by Dr. Atamjit Singh. The entire story unfolded as the audience was gripped into the brilliant musical and theatre performance which showcased the scenes from Kanak Di Balli, Razia Sultan and Loha Kutt plays written by Gargi. Music was another significant aspect of the play as the theatre music was presented for the first time with live chorus composed and arranged by noted Punjabi Music Director, Atul Sharma. Sangeeta Gupta played various characters from Balwant Gargi’s plays while Samriti Bhardwaj, Shivani Sharma, Rajat Raj and Jitendra were the singers who brought live chorus to the stage of the presentation.
The show began with the paraphrasing voiced by Dr. Atamjit Singh, Director of the Musical & Theatre presentation highlighting the Life of Balwant Gargi, a writer who projected Indian and Punjabi Theatre at International arena. “The writings and plays of Balwant Gargi was way ahead of its time as he projected issues pertaining to Man-Women relationship, social issues concerning women at the time when it was considered to be indecent in the society” said Dr. Atamjit. Referring Balwant Gargi to be pioneer of Punjabi Theatre, Dr. Atamjit added that, “Balwant Gargi was the first writer from India whose plays were staged in western countries highlighting the richness of Indian literature & theatre”.
Some of chorus used by Balwant Gargi in his plays such as Kanak di Balli, Mirza Sahibaan, Gagan mein Thaal and Pattlan di Beddi during the presentation. The presentation, as with all the Gargi’s stories, presented a dark, tragic picture of Punjab’s countryside, highlighting illiteracy, ignorance and oppression.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. R.S.Bawa, Vice-Chancellor, Chandigarh University said, “It is a matter of great pride that our students witnessed some of the fine works of legendary writer, Balwant Gargi who became the torch bearer of Punjabi Theatre worldwide”.