Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is all set to host a three-day festival on 'Bhand Pather' from Apr 5 to Apr 7, under the ongoing Silver Jubilee celebrations of the establishment of the institute, here.
The three day event will focus on the present state of affairs of the ´Bhand Pather´ of Kashmir which is an age-old traditional Natya-Prayoga (dance-drama) of Kashmir, but presently its existence is threatened due to various socio-political, economic and other factors.
This festival has been conceptualized and executed under the guidance of Member-Secretary, IGNCA, Dipali Khanna in collaboration with eminent theater, cinema and television personality M. K. Raina who will direct these performances
The three day evening performances will include performance of ´Gosain Pather´ on Apr 5, a traditional play from the ´Bhand Pather´ repertoire performed by Bhands for many centuries. The play deals with the concept of realizing God´s ultimate truth.
On Apr 6 a panel discussion will be held over the issue of the historical background of this particular theater art-form, its evolution, journey, its contemporary scenario, etc. The discussions will pave the way for the revival and survival of this art-form for posterity.
Also, after the discussion, a performance of ´Shikargah Pather´ will be held which is a traditional ´Bhand Pather´ play revived after 30 years, although the play has been in the Bhand tradition for centuries. It deals with the kingdom of Pashupati, the Shiva and his forest beings - the trees, humans, animals and the birds.
The last day that is Apr 7 will witness a performance of ´Badshah Pather´ based on King Lear of Shakespeare and it narrates the story of two fathers namely, Badshah and Bedar and their sons. The play talks about the relationship between a father and a son and puts in perspective the duties and responsibilities they have towards each other.