14 Sep, 2015

Paying homage to our Rashtrabhasha – The Hindi One Act Plays

Mumbai, Sept. 14: The ‘Hindi Divas’ was celebrated at Don Bosco High School, Matunga with great reverence towards the one tongue that gives us our national identity, and in a country which counts a plurality of languages among its riches, binds us together as Indians. The Hindi Department of the school staged the One Act Plays on this memorable occasion.

The Yellow House transported us to the aftermath of the war at Kalinga, an epochal event not for being one of the bloodiest battles in world history, but for being the cause of the mighty Emperor Ashoka converting to pacifism and spreading the message of love and peace throughout the country and beyond. ‘Main bhi maanav hoon’ by Shri Vishnu Prabhakar, depicted the inner battle waged within Ashoka’s heart, as to whether he had really achieved a victory after decimating the enemy. In a world rife with selfishness and cut throat competition, the play also intended to make each of us reflect on whether the race is really worth it.

The Green House gave us a historical retelling of principal events in the life of Emperor Harsha, scion of the Vardhan dynasty. ‘Sthaneshwar ka Rajpurush’ depicted Harsha avenging the death of his brother, Rajya Vardhan and saving his sister Rajyasri’s life after she was devastated as a result of both, her brother’s and her father, Prabhakar Vardhan’s deaths.

The Blue House with ‘Mere sapno ki Rani kab ayegi tu’ portrayed women’s empowerment and the great strides women have made in emancipating themselves through the powerful weapon of education. The play depicted a bachelor who is rejected by prospective alliances because they are better educated.

The Red House presented their play ‘Jeevan ke rang’ scripted by their teacher, Ms. Hemangi. The play tried to place a mirror in front of the audience, of life on earth as it really is. We watched Narad Muni having returned to heaven from a visit to the earth, explaining his observations to a goddess. Through scenes that reflected human life on earth, the audience was made aware that we live in a world full of sorrow, mirth, greed and blind faith, but paradoxically, manage to stay happy.

We congratulate all the participants for their noteworthy performances and especially the Yellow House for winning the competition!

 

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