Jammu, June 28: Natrang presented highly impactful performance of ‘Kya Karega Qaazi’, an adaptation of ‘The Barber of Seville’ a French play written by Pierre Beaumarchais. The play was adapted by J.N. Kaushal and was jointly directed by Anil Tickoo and Sumeet Sharma. Prof. S.K. Jain, Vice Chancellor Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra was the Chief Guest at the occasion who appreciated Natrang endeavors in promoting theatre in the region. Other important dignitaries who graced the occasion included Prof. Pankaj K. Srivastava, Dean Students Welfare, University of Jammu and R.C. Puri, Honorary Secretary of the Red Cross, Jammu Region.
The story of the play ‘Kya Karaga Qaazi’ follows a traditional Commedia dell’arte structure, with many characters seemingly based on famous stock characters. The plot involves a ‘Nawab’, who has fallen in love at first sight with a girl called ‘Roshni’. To ensure that she really loves him and not just his money, Nawab disguises himself as a poor man, (Shameem) and attempts to woo her. His plans are foiled by Roshni’s guardian ‘Hakim Babban Miyan’, who keeps her locked up in his house and intends to marry her himself. Nawab’s luck changes after a by-chance reunion with an ex-servant, ‘Fakru’, who is currently working as a barber and therefore has access to the Babban’s home. After being promised money, and being afraid that ‘Nawab’ will seek revenge on him if he refuses, ‘Fakru’ devises a variety of ways for the meetings of Nawab and Roshni to meet and talk in different disguises, The story culminates in their marriage after a series of high voltage drama.
Natrang actors who gave a wonderful performance included Rajan Thakyal as ‘Babban Miyan’, Neeraj Kant as ‘Sargam Ali’, Syed Mudassar as ‘Nawab’, Mahikshit Singh as ‘Fakru’, Kritika Singh as ‘Roshni’, Shivam Singh as ‘Qaazi & Jaage Miyan’, Chirag Anand as ‘Jawan Mard’ and Tushar Bakshi as ‘Hawaldaar’. The appropriately selected music and songs, which added to the flavor of the whole performance was designed by Sumeet Sharma. Lights were designed and operated by Ankush Lakhnotra, Ashwini Bali did the presentations and the show was coordinated by Mohd. Yaseen.