STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: ‘Balak’, a play in Hindi based on country’s most celebrated writer Munshi Premchand’s classic story, was staged here today at Natrang Studio Theatre in its weekly Sunday Theatre Series. The play was directed by Neeraj Kant. Speaking on occasion, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that with staging of such classics, which are not very easy to be brought on stage, Natrang has added yet another dimension to its weekly show ‘Sunday Theatre’ which is the longest living regular theatre activity in the country. The play opens at the home of a writer, where he is slightly disturbed on hearing that his honest servant ‘Gangu’ wants to quit the job. As the writer was concerned about Gangu, he gives him another chance to think and also asks the reason why he wants to resign. In reply, Gangu gives a very strange reason that he wants to marry a widow ‘Gomti’, who was married thrice but failed to get settled with any of her husband. She is believed to be a bad woman without any dignity but Gangu finds her innocent and a victim of lack of understanding. Thinking that his marriage with Gomti may cause stigma on the writer’s reputation also, Gangu wants to alienate himself from the writer, just to save his goodwill. He marries Gomti and starts living a happy married life but for few months only as one day Gomti leaves him and went to some unknown place. Everyone discusses hard luck of Gangu, who was betrayed by a lady for whom he had discarded everything. But Gangu still holds very high regards for her and considers her absconding as some of her genuine problem or God’s will. He still cherishes the days spent with her. One day, he comes to the writer’s home very happy as Gomti has come back. Actually she had gone to an unknown place to give birth to a baby. On knowing this news, he went to her and accepted both of them. It was apparent that it is not his baby, as his marriage was just six months old, but still he accepts the child with a very clear and open heart, considering the baby as God’s gift. He gives so many reasons of high thinking for his being so nice to the mother and child, that the writer is moved and finds his thinking very petty in front of that of Gangu. The artists who acted in the play included Manoj Kumar Lalotra, Shivam Singh Sushant Singh Charak, Akash Wadhwan and Aarti Devi. The lights of the play were operated by Neeraj Kant and sound was rendered by Kananpreet Kaur. The show was coordinated by Mohammad Yaseen.
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