‘Shaurya’ : A Street Play by Dramatics Club, SIBM Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Karnataka November 25, 2015: In the memory of the tragic 26/11 Mumbai attacks
that took place seven years back, students of Jzaa – the drama club of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru performed an outstanding street play on the theme “Shaurya” to enlighten the crowd on issues at hand, thereby creating awareness and developing a strong impetus for change.
With a crisp script, catchy phrases, songs and intelligent emphasis on speech, the nukkad-natak created a prevailing effect on viewers and reflected on the sacrifices made by the defense authorities we so easily dismiss as “useless”.
It was a tribute to brave-hearts like Hemant Karkare, Tukaram Gopal Omble, Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte who lost their lives fighting terrorism on the day which was by far Mumbai’s worst nightmare. These high ranking, extremely proficient police officers lost their lives during the brazen 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to lack of proper defence aids (bulletproof jackets, advanced arms and ammunitions etc.). Poor investment, negligence towards security and respect for policemen were the main focus of the act presented.
With an interesting depiction of crimes, performers illustrated the conventional reaction we righteous change seekers give, hampering the growth rather than being progressive-holding the government responsible, questioning the competency of our crime squads and policemen, and even blaming victims in cases of rape. The performers portrayed how change in society does not merely mean reacting-accusing-rioting-forgetting, playing the age-old blame game on the government for mishandling the affairs. It is to find an alternative that will help mitigate the situation.
Throwing in jingles like “HUM HAI AAJKE YOUTH.. “,” BANDE ME HAI DUM. . . . “,” HO GAI HAI PEER PARVAT..” and widely intense expression, with appropriate loudness in voice and well structured dialogues, the students stormed the floor emphasizing the power of youth to bring about improvement in society. Nothing is more impactful than a clever mixture of entertainment and an attempt to bring about change.