‘Loktantra Ka Mantra’ a play in Hindi written and directed by Balwant Thakur presented here today at Natrang Studio Theatre under Natrang’s Sunday Theatre series. An evocative theatrical venture devised to empower the common masses by educating them to use their ultimate power which can change the fate of the country. Unfortunately in this largest democracy of the world people are not fully aware of this most powerful invisible weapon of theirs which can transform this nation. In a very effective manner the play highlighted the amazing power of the people of which the people are not fully aware off and the importance of voting as it is the most effective key of the democracy.
The play started with the aggression of the frustrated youth who is breathing in the contaminated air of corruption, scandals and dishonesty. They do not see any hope in the future as their present is being rotten by the greed of the corrupt rulers. They want to devastate everything around them in rage but when asked by a literary person that ‘what are they doing for the cure of this unfortunate situation?’, they are speechless as they just want the things to be changed but are not ready to be part of that change and want it without doing effort. Then they were very elaborately told by that person that India is the country of youth and they may bring any reform if they use their energies in a channelized manner and that way is the way of voting, this is the most peaceful and effective key to bring big reforms. As the play proceeded, different mindsets of people were shown in satirical manner who have their petty reasons to not vote and also whom to vote, it is also exhibited that the cleaver politicians take the process of voting as a game not because it is ineffective but on the grounds that people are unaware of the power of their vote and seldom use it when it is required. Through this play a pledge is evoked by the people of all the sections of society irrespective of caste, creed, religion, region or any other demarcation, who are of 18 years and above that they would never let their power of voting go waste and would definitely vote for the right candidates as this is their right and duty as well.
Natrang’s artists who gave a wonderful performances included Ashwani Bali, Rajan Thakyal, Mukesh Bakshi, Kanav Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Kaul, Bipan Gupta, Shivam Singh, Piyush Anand and Vishal Sharma. Lights were operated by Ankush Lakhnotra. Mohd. Yaseen rendered the Music and the show was coordinated by Aishwarya Sathe.