Stories in a
Sunday, 23rd June, 2019 | Premchand Rangshala, Rajendra Nagar Patna
‘Stories in a Song’ through six stories of music and music making, delightful singing and vibrant performance gave us fascinating insights into unfolding history, evolving society and the concurrent cultural tensions and innovations that occur. The play starts with the story Mahatma Gandhi and the Tawaif sabha which was a wonderful encounter between Gandhiji and the tawaifs of Banaras who are under siege by social reformers determined to put an end to the “evils” of the tawaif tradition.
Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider’s Chandni Begum depicts the Mogrey Master and his family of traditional folk performers who struggle to adapt to changing times and new demands on them as musicians.
‘Bahadur L adki’ tells the story of a feisty young girl who dares to confront a cruel and exploitative English officer from colonial times. Audience enjoyed the ‘Hindustani Aires’ which showed fascinating accounts of encounter between English memsahibs and Indian ‘Nautch’performers. The story ‘Whose music is it’ showed journey of song through many transformations, exploring ideas of tradition, ownership, copy right and faith. Last story Kajri akhada was based on popular musical form of Uttar Pradesh, is known for its association with monsoon and this Kajri was performed by groups of men and women.