“Ek Aur Birbal” the superhit play written by Rakesh Roshan Bhat and directed by Rohit Bhat, which has already carved a niche for itself in Jammu finally reached Delhi-NCR where the play was staged by the Vomedh Rangmanch at Gurugram in association with KKS, Gurgaon and AIKS gathering more accolades and standing ovation from the jam-packed audience.
The play is a mega hit among Kashmiri Pandits as it brilliantly depicts the plight of Kashmiri Pandits during the Afghan Durani Rule in 1812 AD and the bravery displayed by Pt Birbal Dhar by bringing in Sikhs under Maharaja Ranjeet Singh’s rule to end Afghan domination of Kashmir.
The play was specially staged on tremendous demand from the Kashmiri Pandits of Delhi NCR on October 01 to coincide with the cultural evening organized by KKS and AIKS to spread awareness among KPs about the sacrifices given by Pt Birbal Dhar to save them from treacherous rule of Afghan ruler Azim Khan.
Rakesh Roshan Bhat has brilliantly brought out all the aspects of the era hitherto unknown to the modern generation and the excellent direction of Rohit Bhat coupled with superb acting skills displayed by the artists makes the play more memorable for the younger generation and the old tribe alike.
“Ek Aur Birbal” got a standing ovation by the Gurugram audience and more invitations poured in from different parts of the country for staging the play which is a lesson in Kashmir Pandit history and their struggle for the Kashmiri Pandits and others as well.
Pandit Birbal Dhar finds a passing reference in the history but when analyzed his sheer wisdom, character and courage assumes gigantic proportions for his heroic effort in bringing Sikhs to Kashmir and integrating Kashmir into India.
While the play delves deep into the arrival of Islamic rule into Kashmir it also depicts the miseries of Kashmiri Pandits after Kota Rani lost the battle and the six forced migrations of Kashmiri Pandits that took place since then.
Rakesh Roshan the playwright says that the play was a tribute to the legend of Birbal Dhar and how he got Maharaja Ranjeet Singh to end reign of terror of Afghan Durani rule thus becoming the real hero of Kashmiri Pandits.
The actors who performed on stage did a brilliant job which include Vinay Pandita as Mirza Kak, Sunny Mujoo as Pt Birbal Dhar, Puneet Bali as Azim Khan, Rajni Bhatti as Birbal’s wife, Ashish Bhat as Anwar Khan, King C Bharati as Basa Ram, Rahul Pandita as Raja Kak, Susheel Raina as Sukhram and Phool Singh, Anil Bhat as Mirza Son and Maharaja Ranjeet Singh and Saloni Verma as Raja Kak’s wife. Later JK bali also presented Ladi Shah on behalf of Vomedh group. The backstage include Virji Sumbli, Set Designer, Veena Wanchoo, Property, Sunidhi, Makeup, Videography by Harmony India, Stills, Virji Dullo, Organiser JK Bali.
The Vomedh Rangmanch also expressed its heartfelt thanks to KKS Gurgaon, AIKS, Aryan Ramesh of AIKS, Ramesh Zadu and Sourabh Zadu, Veteran theatre director Manzoor Ahmed Mir who provided costumes, Ajay Pandita of KPL and management of Sharika Bhawan Faridabad for their hospitality.
The famous song ‘Mahadev Mahadev’ has been written by Rakesh Roshan Bhat and sung by Arvind while the Music has been composed by Dr. Kuldeep Swadeshi.