Writer : Yogesh Tripathy
Director : Sharda Singh
Group : Prastuti, Patna, Bihar
Language : Hindi
Duration : 105 mins
The period of the story is from 1937 to 1940. A village woman of Mithilanchal, named Gauri, after giving birth to a daughter named Pratibhama and a son named Umanath becomes widow. As tradition, she manages early marriage of Pratibhama and sends her to Pratibhama’s in-laws’ house, far away from her village. The son Umanath goes to a big city for earnings. At the village Gauri uses Takli and Charkha for survival. In this way she is the follower of Mahantma Gandhi. Unfortunately she becomes pregnant with her brother-in-law (Devar) named Jainath. When the developing embreo becomes of eight months she worries and finally goes to her maternal house and manages the abortion. After returning home she found that the woman society has bycotted her. The son Umanath comes to village to follow tradition of yearly ‘Shraddha’ of his father and comes to know about her mother’s incident. He becomes very angry and after slapping his mother, begins crying. Gauri loves her brother-in-law’s teenaged son Ratinath as her own son. She promotes Ratinath to take education in big city, where as Ratinath’s father Jainath wants him to marry immediately. Umanath gets married and puts his bride Kamalmukhi at village for the care of his mother, but the behaviour of Kamalmukhi doesn’t suit to Gauri and she becomes ill. Kamalmukhi continuously ignores her mother-in-law’s wishes and desires, and ultimately Gauri dies. Ratinath does her funeral, as per Gauri’s wish. This is the story of a village woman who always tried to stand on her own feet with self respect till the last breath.
Baba Nagarjuna’s compositions reach straight to heart. Stories happen to be, or fiction gives the sensation, of a grotesque kind. This is the first Novel of Baba. The Novel based on widows is reflective of the situation and the circumstances of the society.
Baba has described the snotty mentality, lust and deceit of the man through the Novel. Wherein a widowed woman is pushed in to the jaws of a stingy whirlpool trap. In a society where the marriage of the widower man was possible, but a widowed woman was kept away from all the pleasures, the Novel’s chief woman, Gauri, says… the widows are squared up, wearing white ones, away from men… Where can woman spend holy life? The question also arises, why can’t the vidhwa live up with a society or family after the demise of her husband? This is the question of Gauri that shake us- why ?
Baba has engraved to, the bitter truth of the celebrating her Society through his writings, in any era women have not the luck of tasting the nector of individuality, It has always men first to ‘amritpaan’. The theatrical adaptation of this Novel is done by Shri Yogesh Tripathi. It basically becomes even more robust reading conversion. With the craft, taste, and theatricality, the drama draws a great impact on the outlines.
Born in 1977 and a graduate from Patna University, Bihar and Post graduate in History and Dramatic arts, Sharda Singh acted in almost more than 50 plays. She received various awards, sammans and got best actress award also for acting. She is associated with Doordarshan and A.I.R (All India Radio) Patna, and has participated in many serials, tele films, radio dramas. She worked with renowned theater personalities like Satish Anand, Sanjay Upadhyay, Vijay Kumar. She received national scholarship in 1998 for acting and was rewarded the Jr. Fellowship in 2012-2013 by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
Sharda has directed a number of Nukkad plays along with stage plays like Maati Gadi, Ekla Chalo Re, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Lahron ke Rajhans, Laal Pan Ki Begam, Ratinaath Ki Chachi etc. She received ‘Shailbala Mishra’ acting award for acting- 1992, 1994, 1995. In the year 1995, she was honored with ‘Kala Shree’ Samman for acting and in the Year 2003 she received ‘Bhikhari Thakur Samman’. She received ‘Noor Fatima Smriti Samman’ 2009 and ‘Purnank Rang Samman’ in 2010. In the year 2013 she won Abhinav Rang Sammman (Ujjain), Bhikhari Thakur Yuva Samman (Bihar Government) 2013, Women’s achiever’s Samman and Shikshak Ratna Samman as well. She is currently active in doing Theatre.
Prastuti, one of the famous theatre group in Bihar, was established in 2011-12. Since then it has been working very actively in the field of Theatre. The group performed many important stage plays all over India in states and cities like Bihar, Bhopl, Jabalpur, Delhi etc. It Participated in many important state and national festivals and recently has been selected to participate in Minarva Festival, Kolkata.
Prastuti has its Repertory consisting of 10 members, but we have more than 20 people who are associated with Prastuti and are working regularly for Nukkad and stage Plays. Some of the prominent productions by the group are- Maati Gadi, Ashadh ka ek Din, Lahron ke Rajhans, Renu Nama, Laal Pan Ki Begam, Bakri, Ratinath Ki Chachi.