Wednesday, April 28, 2010

75th Death Anniversary of Agha Hashr Kashmiri.........A Legend for Urdu Drama

Today, on 28th April, is the 75th death Anniversary of Agha Hashr Kashmiri, who gave a new charm to Drama in Indo-Pak Subcontinent.

He was born on 3rd April, 1879 in Banaras, got initial education there but due to the lack of interest in Text books, could not get a higher Education and left school. He was interested in Poetry and Music since childhood, after watching few stage dramas in Banaras, got attraction towards this field and at the age of Eighteen, he came to Bombay, where he started his career as a Playwright.

He wrote a great number of plays, some of them were not conserved and are unavailable now a days. He worked for different Theatrical companies for almost thirty three years, made his own company several times but could not continue. His famous "Indian Shakespeare theatrical company" was very successful and presented a number of beautiful plays. During the whole period of his work, he continued to write in several different languages. Although, he could not get a higher education, but he had a full command on more than one languages. He was familiar with Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hindi, Gujrati and English. He wrote remarkable Plays in Hindi, which were super hit at that time. He also translated and transformed some plays of Shakespeare, King Lear as "Sufaid Khun", Measure for Measure as "Shaheed-e-Naz", King John as "Said-e-Hawas" and Macbeth as "Khwab-e-Hasti".

He also made few Films and placed a foundation for coming Film makers.

He Loved reading, and read Hundreds of Books to increase his knowledge.

He was called as "Indian Shakespeare", and he proudly accepted this recognition. Like Shakespeare, he came from a small city, never went to any University, got hold on the Theatres of that time, chose the format of prose as well as poem in writing style, converged the facts and truths of life in his plays, and died in April.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Synopsis of "Balwa Mangal", A beautiful play by "Agha Hashar Kashmiri"

As many times, i read this play, more i got an intense feeling of Love for it.

Here i am just giving a short summary of this play to share with all of you and to know what are your's interpretations about the play.

There is an interesting dialog between Krishna and Shankar about the good and the evil in the world, after which, finally Krishna asks Shankar to test his powers on a Hindu Brahman Balwa Mangal, who is destroying his life as well as religion in the lust of a woman named as Chinta Muni who is a prostitute. Shankar , joyfully accepts the challenge. But, when he tries to convince the man in all possible ways he could, to leave that wrong woman and go back to his wife, Shankar remains unsuccessful and returns back with disappointment.

On the death bad of Raamdas(Father of Balwa Mangal), he orders his son not to go towards Chinta Muni and to remain faithful to his wife, but Balwa , after death of his father leaves his home and decides to go at the home of Chinta.

In the dark and stormy night, when he reaches at her home, at the time, due to certain circumstances and critical situation, Chinta Muni turns out to be a pure woman and also shows the image of Balwa in the mirror of life, to him. Being very surprised and embarrassed, Balwa like Chinta decides to change his life.

Krishna, then along with Shankar, comes in contact to both of them one by one, keeping himself unknown for both and tries to check their Love for him.

And finally, after the test and hard examination of both, at Bindraban, Krishna meets both of them, tells the truth and rewards them the gift of his Love.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Blessing from your Lord................

If you are sitting alone, right in the very far corner of a Park. A huge number of people around you, but still you feel yourself lonely. You have many reasons to sit alone and feel lonely, you are sticked with thoughts and nothing, but a wave of cruel feelings is emerging inside out.

If you have come there to keep yourself away from your beloved ones, because they have done something wrong to you.

You are not a careless person, you always try to keep things easy for others, you try to satisfy all people who are connected to you, at your home, at your work place and in your friends circle. Then it happens sometimes, that you are tired, want to have a physical and mental rest. Due to loads of work, you are fed up, your muscles are fatigued, your head starts aching continuously. Your body, even soul and mind ask for mercy and advice for a pause in everything in your routine life. Your heart asks for time, it needs to talk to you about yourself, happiness, sorrows, feelings, emotions and off course Love. You agree with your decision, but at that time you are unlucky if your loved ones do not understand what do you expect from them. They want you to do things like these are usual, they do not want to satisfy your expectations but expect it from your side, even they do not have time for you. What will you do then?

You are irritated, want to scream loudly, want to tell others that you want to cry because you are alone with your pain, head ache, fever and the invisible tears that can not be shed. You can not do anything in such a crowded park so you are sitting with head down starring at your hands grasped together in your lap, empty minded, speechless and perhaps expressionless, feeling pity for yourself.

When you come back from the park, you feel slightly fresh as your dullness has been slightly deprived due to the fresh breeze. Another thing that you feel inside your mind is the desicion you have taken, to be as selfish as others are, as careless for others as others are about you, as senseless and self-centered as you found others with you. You always decide this type of thing after every sad event, but never remain spotted on your desicion, but this time you are not agreed to step back whether anything would happen. You are satisfied and returned to home.

After reaching home, immediately you recieve a phone call from your one closed friend. What will you feel when he will say to you that he is tired, fatigued, depressed, having flu and fever and his loved ones are as kind with him as your's own are with you. He will tell you that he is feeling irritation and want to cry and scream loudly because he is alone with all his pain.

What will you do? hmmmmmmmmmm........

"You are not alone. I am with you" and then you too will share your same feelings and condition with him and you wonder that what will be his reaction?

He will surely say," You idiot, who says to you that you are alone. I am with you. You are a donkey whom God has transformed to human. You fool, if me and you are having same problems at same time, you know what does it mean. It means that Allah wants us to feel each other's feelings and so we do. You can not live alone and i won't let you die alone. Just visit me this weekend and that's final, no arguements. I am dying to see your face and thousands of things i want to tell you."

You first time in whole day smile by heart and try to say," But i visited you three days ago. You forgot that? This time it's your turn to visit my home."

What answer can you expect from other side," Nonsense, i have said that you will come, so you will come. I don't want to hear your rubbish. Just take care. See you at weekend. Allah hafiz."

You put reciever down and.........laugh, laugh for next few minutes. What will you feel? Perhaps you can feel that Nature has not blessed anyone like this or Allah loves you more than anyone else in this world or You are the one who got the most precious thing of the universe or anything else, but this is sure that you are so light, freed from every burden of your cruel thoughts, no pity, no desicion, no tirring, even no pain. You are still in fever but you have happiness because you have Love and a friend..........

A friend who is a blessing for you from your Lord............