Played at Kalidas Rangalay, Patna
Director and Playwright by Mithilesh Singh
Light by Ravi Bhushan 'Bablu'
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REVIEW BY HEMANT 'HIM': The performance was marvelous in terms on several counts like direction, acting, stage design and music. The actors playing the role of father of Dasrath and their chums were superb. Dasrath and his wife were impressive with their acting skills. The duet of singing with dance sequence of Dasrath and his wife was a rejoicing feast for viewers. The director succeeded in depicting the genesis and development of rare kind of determination in a man living at the lowest rung of society. Even more than that the living conditions of Bhuiyan (Mushar) caste was also reflected truly. The play initially begin with the issues of caste-division but very soon gets to it’s main subject that is a show of mountainous resolve of a penniless man. Costumes, light and sound were also neck and neck in excellence. The whole team deserves standing ovation.
STORY IN DETAIL: This is a story of determination, courage and sensitivity. Dasrath a person at lowest strairs of caste divide, lives in interior village surrounded by hills. The location is in such a terrain where even the wealthiest person has to take his wife to hospital by carrying on shoulders through the higher hills because no vehicle can reach the village. The biggest obstruction is a hill which is not only a natural barrier in passage to-n-fro village but do actually signifies the apathy of bureaucrats and politicians. Dasrath once went to the Delhi hundred of miles away just by walk along the railway track as he has no money to buy tickets. But who hears the poor’s voice here? He came back empty handed. He loves his wife too much and refrains from any bad habits like drinking and fighting uselessly. Though he too accepts his destiny of a labourer career, he always thinks to make the life of co-inhabitants a little better. And once he finds that his wife fell down on the high hill carrying water for him. His calmness goes away and he comes in pensive mood. Finding no way to solve the problem he ultimately resolves that he will cut the hill himself and will make it an easily communicative village. He begins to cut the hill manually with spade. The progress is slow. No help comes from outside. The death of his wife strengthens his resolve and he continues cutting the hill on daily basis. After twenty-two years of his diligent work the hill is broken and becomes communicative. Everyone salutes him even the bureaucracy and the people from higher strata of society. The play conveys a direct message to masses that they should decide and begin to work towards removing their burning problems in their very right earnest regardless of others support. Others will first fool you and even put obstructions in your work though will salute once you come along successfully.
ACTORS: Dasrath Manjhi- Uday Sagar, Puneshwar Manjhi- Niranjan Kumar, Rajdev Singh- Kumud Ranjan 'Lekhu', Faguniya- Rajani Sharan, Bhuna Manjhi- Sadanand Kr. Paswan, Wife of Rajdev Singh- Babli Kumari, Mangru Manjhi/ Coolie- Dipak Anand, Passenger/TTE- Vinod Kr.
BACKSTAGE: Music- Sanjay Upadhyay, Songwriter- Satish Kr. Mishra, Singers- Sanjay Upadhyay, Punit Mishra, Recordist- Pankaj Sharma, Stage design- Prof. Shyam Sharma, Stage construction- Sanjay Vishal, Ranjit Kr, Light& Sound- Rajkumar, Upendra Kr, Costumes properties- Hiralal & sons, Production Asstt- Pravin 'Pappu', Dresses/Make-up - Abhimanyu Priya, Uday Sagar, Property-in-charge - Rameshwar Kumar, Stage arrangement- Siddhant Kr, Sujit Kr 'Uma', Media-in-charge - Manish Mahival, Recoroding Studio- Whats Next Studio, New Delhi, Special Sound effects- Kishore Sinha.